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The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart
The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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With over 6 million records sold and 2 Grammy?s under their belts, The Wallflowers have released their fifth album and first with producer Brendan O?Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen). Rebel, Sweetheart is the welcome re...  more »


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All Artists: Wallflowers
Title: The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: 5/24/2005
Album Type: Dual Disc
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Style: Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 602498819722


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With over 6 million records sold and 2 Grammy?s under their belts, The Wallflowers have released their fifth album and first with producer Brendan O?Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen). Rebel, Sweetheart is the welcome re-introduction to a grown up rock & roll band with a renewed sense of purpose. The Wallflowers have created an album that yearns for clarity while reflecting the world?s complexity? these are songs written by a man and performed by a band that?s already lived a little. From the powerful expression of hope on the first single "The Beautiful Side Of Somewhere" to the moodily stunning "We?re Already There", Rebel, Sweetheart is poised to be the most focused and accomplished album of their career. DUALDISC CONTENTS - CD SIDE includes: ? Rebel, Sweetheart CD Audio DVD SIDE includes: ? Entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound ? Acoustic performances of: ? "One Headlight" (Original version from the album, Bringing Down The Horse) ? "6th Avenue Heartache" (Original version from the album, Bringing Down The Horse) ? "Some Flowers Bloom Dead" (Original version from the album, Breach) ? "Halo" (Unreleased) ? "For The Life Of Me" (Unreleased) ? A special profile from the band?s visit to the U.S.S. Stennis ? A hilarious interview with The Wallflowers and SNL alumni Jon Lovitz (Content Subject To Change)

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The underrated, underappreciated Wallflowers do it again
English major | Georgia | 06/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a Wallflowers' fan since they broke into the mainstream circa 1996, and this new CD definitely does not disappoint. I'd read rave reviews of it in a few different magazines, but still wasn't prepared for it to be as great as it is. I just thought it was wonderful that they were releasing a new album, and that it would be at least pretty good. It's a lot more than "pretty good"! If you're a Wallflowers' fan, you will love this new CD, and if you aren't a fan you should get it anyway, because you will be a fan after you hear it. Either way, it's great music, period.
A lot of music being released these days is mind-numbing, inane and awful. This CD is full of songs that won't insult your intelligence. Thanks Jakob, et al, for not letting us down!! (All songs written by Jakob Dylan.) Can't wait for the next one, but in the meantime the new songs are substantial enough to last a while."
They've Done It Again
Andrew Steeley | Ithaca, NY, United States | 05/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Take human evolution and scale it down to a thirteen year span...this is a model that mirrors the Wallflowers' maturity over the last baker's dozen years. That's not to say Jakob Dylan and Company started out making Neanderthal music -- listen to the self-titled debut album from 1992 and you'll find nothing but raw talent. On "Rebel, Sweetheart," the band's fifth studio effort, The Wallflowers find themselves building off of their previous records but certainly not ignoring where they started. Before giving this CD a listen, look at the cover art and bear in mind that a picture is worth a thousand words. A taste of each album can be found in every "Rebel" track. It's like ordering a pizza with all the toppings. Producer Brendan O'Brien adds some dipping sauce, along with some great guitar work and backing vocals. His musicianship is especially apparant on the lead single, "The Beautiful Side of Somewhere", which oh-by-the-way is slithering up a couple of charts. The album's opener, Days of Wonder, mockingly celebrates the anniversary of the Iraq conflict...Rami Jaffe's keyboards will take you on a psychodelic journey back to the anti-war protests of the 60's and 70's. Newcomer Fred Eltringham shows no mercy when beating the drums, as apparent on "We're Already There." Veteran bassist Greg Richling rocks throughout the album as well and even lends some background vocals to the record. Jakob Dylan's signature voice is haunting on tracks like "God Says Nothing Back," seems almost playful on "The Passenger," and simply rocks out on "Back To California." Much like with the "Breach" album, you must hear the entire record from beginning to finish in order to capture the moods that each song evokes within the context of the album. Otherwise, you will not get the whole picture.

Sure, these are the guys who did "One Headlight." But if that's the only Wallflowers song you know, then YOU DON'T KNOW JAKE."
More mellow
MA flower | MA USA | 05/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This long-awaited release is not what one would expect. Then that is the beauty of The Wallflowers, they are always bringing us something new.

Some of the songs on this release can be clearly classified as alt. country. Others have a very folksy feel. There are new rhythms (no raga--see video) evident most clearly in "God Says Nothing Back", creative lyrics ("From the Bottom of My Heart), and a spirtual feel to these songs (G-d makes an "appearance" in several). The significance of Rami's mastery of the keyboards is quite evident. The writing relies on his skills.

Wallflowers fans may be surprised, but not disappointed. Others who were not Wallflowers fans may want to give this CD a serious listen--you may discover something new.

The video portion of the dual disc is quite funny. This band is quirky (to say the least) and it is fun to see the lighter side of the "Boys." The video also includes new mixes of some songs, and "Halo" a song I had previously only as a bootleg. (Ooops did I just write that?)