New CDs released this week of Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, include the Wallflowers' infectious "Glad All Over"; "Release Me," by Barbra Streisand; a compilation of early hits by Ike Turner, "Rocket 88 1951-60 R&B and Rock & Roll Sides"; and "Monster," by Kiss.
Wallflowers, ‘Glad All Over’
The Wallflowers end a seven-year hiatus with an infectious album that should make their fans, well, glad all over. With Jakob Dylan back at the helm, the group’s classic sound returns — engaging melodies, raucous rhythms and Dylan’s enticingly coarse vocals.
After a successful solo career, Dylan seems rejuvenated by the band he formed in 1989. In fact, the entire current lineup — original members Dylan, Rami Jaffee (keyboards) and Greg Richling (bass), along with Stuart Mathis (guitar) and former Chili Peppers/Pearl Jam musician Jack Irons (drums) — is re-energized.
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Despite the CD’s retro feel, Dylan and his band mates sound more like young, inspired punk-rockers than a group of rock ‘n’ roll veterans with no particular place to go.
“Glad All Over” (coincidentally the title of a Dave Clark Five single that knocked the Beatles from the top of the charts in 1964) opens with the gritty, hard-rocking “Hospital for Sinners.”
“Reboot the Mission,” the Wallflowers’ first single in seven years, pays tribute to classic English punk with the help of singer-guitarist Mick Jones of The Clash.
Other top tracks include “Misfits and Lovers,” “Love Is a Country,” “It’s a Dream” and “Have Mercy on Him Now,” a party rocker with a Bruce Springsteen vibe. But comparisons can’t stop there. Fans of classic rockers Tom Petty or Mark Knopfler will find plenty to like on this CD.
Gene Stout, Special to The Seattle Times
Other new releases
Barbra Streisand, “Release Me” (Columbia)
Ike Turner, “Rocket 88 1951-60 R&B and Rock & Roll Sides” (Soul Jam)
Kiss, “Monster” (UMe)