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Thursday, December 14, 2000

Review - Breach

Artist: The Wallflowers

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2000 at 4:00 AM

It's likely that Jakob Dylan would feel he's established his own credentials as a musician, finally escaping the shadow of his father, folk-rock icon Bob Dylan. The Wallflowers' second album, "Bringing Down the Horse," was a breakthrough smash. The new CD, "Breach," should solidify the praise.

A more well-rounded effort, "Breach" sticks largely to the rough-hewn rootsy that is by now the Wallflowers' signature. "Letters From the Wasteland" catches its spark from a short, moody guitar lick. Rockers like "Sleepwalker" and "Some Flowers Bloom Dead" have hooks as insistent as their tempos. "Murder 101," meanwhile, echoes the punky pop of the Replacements, as Dylan shares vocals with Elvis Costello.

fact, "Breach" loses its momentum only briefly when the band downshifts into a pair of ballads, "Mourning and "Up From Under." Those lackluster cuts aside, Dylan has met the high expectations created by his own success.

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