Rebel, Sweetheart

Rebel, Sweetheart

by The WallflowersThe Wallflowers




Arriving just 18 months after the Wallflowers' last disc, Rebel, Sweetheart is something of a rush job for this notoriously slow-moving band -- and it sounds it, in the most positive sense of the term. That energy is evident in the powerful, unfussy melodies of songs like the burnished "The Beautiful Side of Somewhere," as well as the bare-knuckled "Days of Wonder," which, contrary to its seemingly exultant title, finds Jakob Dylan mining the dark corners of his psyche, wishing "happy birthday" to the Iraq war and finding little solace in the world around him. Part of the credit for the album's tenor certainly goes to producer Brendan O'Brien, who brings Rami Jaffee's organ to the fore and creates a vibe that's not all that different from his work with longtime collaborator Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes. No, there's not a lot of full-tilt boogie on Rebel, Sweetheart, but songs like "We're Already There" and the lurching "Back to California" push along with an urgency that's unequivocally compelling. Dylan -- like another famous singer-songwriter with that last name -- continues his quest to unravel the biggest of mysteries, wrestling with spirituality on "God Says Nothing Back" and pondering mortality on "The Beautiful Side of Somewhere." Sometimes, he swings and misses. But there are enough home runs on Rebel, Sweetheart to keep fans cheering for a good, long while.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602498819739
catalogNumber: 000469202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wallflowers   Primary Artist
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Jakob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Rami Jaffee   Keyboards,Group Member
Brendan O'Brien   Guitar,Background Vocals
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Greg Richling   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Nick DiDia   Engineer,Audio Production
Jakob Dylan   Composer,Cover Painting
Brendan O'Brien   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Lawrence Azerrad   Graphic Design
Karl Egsieker   Engineer

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