Jakob Dylan – Women and Country

Opting for a new direction from his days as the frontman of the Wallflowers, Jakob Dylan approaches his new solo release, Women and Country, with a more stripped-down sense of Americana in mind.  This album offers layered folk arrangements and dreamy undertones highlighted by instruments such as the banjo, dobro, mandolin, pedal steel, violin, and a powerful upright bass.  A swooning horn section adds just the right touch without being overbearing.  The loose, arid nature of the music offers plenty of space for Dylan to showcase his vocal abilities, with lush harmonies being added by Neko Case and Kelly Ross.  The songs are simple, poignant, and moving.

Produced by T Bone Burnett – who lends his midas touch to recent works such as the Crazy Heart Soundtrack (2010 Oscar for “The Weary Kind”) and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ 2008 masterpiece, Raising Sand (2008 Grammy for Record of the Year) – this album deserves most of its praise because of his work behind the soundboard.  Women and Country could be considered the little brother to Raising Sand, which is definitely a good thing.

I must say that Women and Country is a pleasant surprise to me upon the first listen.  The richness of this album lends itself to repeated listening and proves that Jakob Dylan is fully capable of writing music that his father can be proud of.  Stream the full record after the jump…

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~ by cdowell4 on April 14, 2010.

One Response to “Jakob Dylan – Women and Country”

  1. […] album will be produced by T-Bone Burnett – who most recently produced Jakob Dylan’s, Women and Country and who Bingham teamed up with on the Crazy Heart Soundtrack and won the Best Original Song Oscar […]

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