Red Letter Days - The Wallflowers
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  • Summary: The fourth album from Jakob Dylan & Co. includes lead single "When You're on Top" and a bonus cover of Elvis Costello's "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love & Understanding." Long-time guitarist Michael Ward has left the group, leaving room for Pearl Jam's Mike McCready to provide some of the lead guitar on the album. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Recommended listening strategy: Put Time Out of Mind out of your mind, kick back, and enjoy. [8 Nov 2002, p.106]
  2. The sturdy jams--decorated with Moog, powerful guitars and frontman Jakob Dylan's sexy purr--pour out of the stereo and stick in your head.
  3. It's hard not to wish that the album had a bit more of the quirks and muscle that gave Breach its backbone. Without it, Red Letter Days isn't quite as forceful, but it is accomplished, melodic, and attractive.
  4. Jakob Dylan shakes off dad's shadow to make music that sounds like... Tom Petty. [Feb 2003, p.109]
  5. 60
    The Wallflowers make some of the best radio-friendly hooks and melodies around. [Mar 2003, p.112]
  6. 60
    Solid, sometimes brilliant. [#11, p.146]
  7. Mediocre to its very last note, it reminds you that mediocrity is indeed far worse than simply awful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. AlexaL
    Jan 5, 2003
    10
    I love this album. I agree that this is one of the wallfolwers best albums since bringing down the horse. I love When your on top and Pleasentville. I agree that this album deffently rocks!!!!!!! Expand
  2. sarac
    Nov 6, 2002
    10
    Classic and timeless
  3. JeffM
    Dec 16, 2004
    8
    This is a great album overflowing with catchy hooks and a newfound vengefulness. Songs like When you're on Top and How good it can get deserve mainstream recognition. It is too bad Interscope did not market the record properly. Expand
  4. MackF
    Sep 13, 2005
    6
    A little above average. Always the feeling that the songs have already been heard (for example through Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)

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