CD Review: The Wallflowers

Glad All Over (Columbia)

The songs on this, the Wallflowers' sixth studio album (and first in seven years), fall into essentially two categories. Tracks such as "Misfits and Lovers" and "First One in the Car" sound like the Wallflowers of the past but not as good, since the songs aren't nearly as memorable. The other set of songs sounds like the Wallflowers struggling to evolve. Singer Jakob Dylan does his best to snarl and reveal a mean streak on "Hospital for Sinners," and "Reboot the Mission" recalls the Clash (and even includes a shout out to the Clash's Joe Strummer). Neither tune really works. Featuring bassist Greg Richling, keyboardist Rami Jaffee, guitarist Stuart Mathis, and drummer Jack Irons, the Wallflowers have musical talent to spare. But front man Dylan seems uncertain about the band's musical direction.