On Up The Mountain
Label: Columbia/Starbucks Entertainment
With the Wallflowers on hiatus, singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan strikes out on his own. Seeing Things, a set of simple acoustic country folk songs, benefits from a far less cluttered instrumental setup than his Wallflowers days. Recalling his dad's bent imagery, some of the playfulness of John Prine, Tom Waits' interest in lost characters and Bruce Springsteen's quieter moments, Dylan seems eager (and able) to move out from the shadow of both his daunting lineage and the overhyped packaging of the earlier part of his career.