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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

On the music box-like lullaby “Babybird,” frontman Jakob Dylan cherishes his wife and children, asking God for more time to enjoy them. Beyond that, lyrics get pretty obscure with positive sentiments cropping up here and there. A jilted man turns to friends and family for comfort (“Mourning Train”). When his West Coast utopia winds up being an illusion, the singer seeks perspective from the folks back home (“Up from Under”). Dylan addresses his difficult life growing up in the shadow of a famous rock ‘n’ roll dad on “Hand Me Down” and “I’ve Been Delivered,” but . . .

Objectionable Content

He alludes to the destructiveness of verbal abuse by lending his voice to the guilty party. The goal is positive, but literal-minded teens could internalize “You won’t ever amount to much/ You won’t be anyone . . . You embarrass us all” and “No one cares . . . When you’re gone you won’t be missed . . . Your wishes won’t be coming true this year” (“Hand Me Down,” “Witness”).

Summary Advisory

This follow-up to The Wallflowers’ 1996 smash, Bringing Down the Horse, contains mostly neutral material related to Dylan’s recent self-exploration. If parents run interference on those two potentially confusing tracks, Breach should pose no significant threat to teens.

Bob Waliszewski
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