Breach - The Wallflowers
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. On the surface, there's not much different between this album and its predecessor, but the songs are stronger, sharper, and the performances are lean, muscular, and immediate.
  2. There's one big knock to be made against ''Breach'': It lacks the spark of the new, the original. Both lyrically and musically, Dylan works within traditional forms rather than pushing at boundaries... Dylan is more craftsman than innovator (in this way he resembles John Mellencamp), and some listeners will be put off by the feeling they've heard it all before.
  3. The slow stuff might be a bit ponderous, but the first six or seven songs manage a rare trick: They're incandescent enough to jump out at you on the radio, yet are steeped in a type of introspective inquiry that was once integral to rock & roll, and has nearly vanished.
  4. 70
    Breach is equal parts likeable, lyrical jamming, and inflated mediocrity. The Wallflowers achieve their most noteworthy moments in their uptempo, instrumentally thick songs, such as the first track, "Letters from the Wasteland," and "Sleepwalker." When the band leans hard on lyrics as the primary stability of a song, the album falters a bit ("Witness," for example, is slow and tedious).
  5. Jakob Dylan and his team have fashioned an album that's longer on big guitars, crunchy grooves and cool changes than overt confessionals. All told, Breach is a subtle, seamless effort with nary a lull or misstep -- in contrast to its multiplatinum predecessor, the second half of which suffered from a series of pedestrian songs.
  6. Generic, maybe, but very nicely done. [Nov. 2000, p.117]
  7. 20
    Breach is a dull affair of humdrum tunes, mundane performance, and lyrics which lose themselves in vague imagery as if Dylan were actually evading the chance to express himself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. AmandaS.
    Aug 19, 2001
    10
    Definitely better than the first album. Every single song is great!
  2. adreas
    Sep 14, 2005
    10
    an amazing cd! Still love it years later!
  3. KateR.
    Sep 22, 2001
    10
    Anyone who doesn't appreciate the Wallflowers is an idiot.
  4. KelleyW
    Apr 25, 2005
    10
    The best of the four Wallflowers albums. Highly recomended.
  5. DavidR
    Jun 21, 2005
    10
    This is one of the best albums I have heard in a long, long time. Muscular, lean, and forward-driving. No excess. This is a musician's album, not a pop-radio album. Reading some reviews leaves me feeling like the world is full of idiots. Expand
  6. TaniaG
    Aug 27, 2005
    9
    That s because the purpuse of this album is quite different to Bringing down the horse. The first 4 or 5 songs are the strongest part of it. And of course Baby Bird, if I could I ll rakn it on 9.5 Bird, a lullabie Expand
  7. j30
    Mar 22, 2012
    7
    The Wallflowers will always be one of the unsung heroes from the 90's. With Breach they took a lighter approach rather than a more rock feel from their previous record Bringing Down The Horse. Collapse

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