Jakob Dylan, "Women and Country"

82 Billboard Rating

When Jakob Dylan's name is mentioned, it's difficult to ignore the elephant in the room: his father, Bob Dylan. Much like dear old dad pre-1965, the Wallflowers frontman favored sparse, acoustic songs on his 2008 solo debut, "Seeing Things." But Dylan's newest album, "Women and Country," explores fuller arrangements that better complement his simple but significant lyrics. The track "Lend a Hand" features slinky horns and trudging percussion, urging "every young boy, woman, every tired old man" to mind the song's title. And on "Everybody's Hurting," where faint tribal drums lead into a country-esque chorus, guest vocalists Neko Case and Kelly Hogan (who appear throughout the album) add twang behind Dylan's weathered voice. Elsewhere, songs like "Yonder Come the Blues" and "Nothing but the Whole Wide World" mostly rely on guitar and vocals. But album closer "Standing Eight Count" pulls out all the stops with layered horns and prominently featured electric guitar and bass.

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