Rebel, Sweetheart - The Wallflowers
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  • Summary: Jakob Dylan & co.'s fifth long-player was produced by Brendan O'Brien.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Not that Rebel, Sweetheart offers anything all that different from previous Wallflowers albums -- they just do what they do better than they have before.
  2. A slickly produced, radio-friendly collection of almost love songs with downbeat lyrics and upbeat guitar riffs. [27 May 2005, p.136]
  3. Dylan's images are sharper than ever and his vision more focused. [22 May 2005]
  4. Rebel, Sweetheart is ample testament that the Wallflowers know the roots of rock, and they're not necessarily interested in tampering with a good formula -- popularity be damned
  5. Merely highlights all the weak spots, like the lifeless voice, generic MOR melodies and the highly noticeable lack of Jakob being Bob.
  6. An immaculately crafted, every-note-in-place recording that is as confidently executed as it is formulaically inoffensive.
  7. 60
    Accomplished but seldom inspired. [Aug 2005, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. LaurenC
    May 29, 2005
    If you like straight forward rock and roll album that throws it back to Petty& Springsteen and is lyrically brilliant, then this is your album. Top to bottom a solid gem of a record. Expand
  2. bdean
    Dec 9, 2005
    Jakob Dylan is not Bob Dylan. Well, duh- get over it. This album is amazing.
  3. JessicaS
    Jun 5, 2005
    Rebel, Sweetheart focuses on The Wallflowers strengths: including thoughtful songwriting, and good, solid rock and roll. Refreshing disc after the over-produced Red Letter Days rivals Bringing Down the Horse and (Breach), the band's best albums so far. Expand
  4. lisaa
    Jul 9, 2005
    Full of great songs. The dual disc is great with video footage. Highly recommended! Best song of their carrer, confessions of a druken marionette (here he comes). Go buy this album today, you won't be disappointed!! Expand
  5. BrianT
    Aug 24, 2005
    The fact that the reviewer for Eonline didn't like it much and was catty about it, yet those hacks actually seem to think that "The Black Eyed Peas" are anything other than the flavor of 05 just reaffirms my complete enjoyment of this album. Dylan has come so far since 96's "Bringing Down The Horse." No BS here, and no filler. Every single song on this album spoke to me, and that almost never happens for me in these days of stretched out content and rush recording. Then again, Dylan has proven that he's not as interested in celebrity as he is in becoming a good songwriter. He's getting there! Expand
  6. AndyS.
    Jun 21, 2005
    Great. Really great.
  7. CosmoPrelog
    Jun 7, 2005
    Had Lester Bangs been alive to review this record, he would have killed himself shortly after.

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