the Wallflowers Red Letter Days (Interscope/Universal) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
After the sales disappointment of the Wallflowers' Breach, the band has decided to pop up Red Letter Days, quickening the pace and abandoning much of the old quirkiness. Really, it's roots rock for grown-ups. Frontman Jakob Dylan, who fluctuates between sounding like his dad and Tom Petty, is obviously working at being a better vocalist, and the guitar work of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready is a nice complement. Attempts to rock out fail; they're better when they keep it slow. Fans of adult contemporary alt rock take note.