Red Letter Days

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    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 a strong effort, probably the kid's best thus far, and Dad should be proud.
  4. 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.
  5. They strive to be a classic band, crafting timeless songs that will still be fresh and relevant long after the competition sounds dated and quaint.
  6. It's the strength of the lyrics that brings each song to a place the group hasn't truly been before on a consistent basis.
  7. There's definitely nothing earth-shattering here... but there's nothing that's going to alienate the fanbase, either.
  8. A straightforward barnburner of an album.
  9. Mojo
    60
    The Wallflowers make some of the best radio-friendly hooks and melodies around. [Mar 2003, p.112]
  10. Q Magazine
    60
    Jakob Dylan shakes off dad's shadow to make music that sounds like... Tom Petty. [Feb 2003, p.109]
  11. Blender
    60
    Solid, sometimes brilliant. [#11, p.146]
  12. Uncut
    40
    Uplifting but ultimately lightweight. [Dec 2002, p.132]
  13. Mediocre to its very last note, it reminds you that mediocrity is indeed far worse than simply awful.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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)
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 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!!!!!!! Full Review »