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  • Audio CD (29 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000KF0W4Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Starz In Their Eyes 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lost 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Talk Too Much 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hold On 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony Of Sirens 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Life Stories 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. No Time 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mourning Morning 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Spectacular Failures/Koolaid13:09Album Only

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A lot has happened between the release of Just Jack's first album and his second album, Overtones. When The Outer Marker debuted in 2002, it was overshadowed by The Streets' first album, Original Pirate Material. Now, though, Just Jack, a.k.a. Jack Allsop, is getting some long-deserved recognition. There are, after all, strong similarities between Just Jack and The Streets' Mike Skinner. Both artists have an ultra-laid-back and laconic delivery style, and both are quintessentially English in sound and subject material. However, where Skinner has made his reputation for his witticisms and cheeky observations, Just Jack is far more serious-minded. His observations are of a different world than the council estates of Skinner' lyrics. Instead, Just Jack spins tales of middle class ennui ("Lost"), an inability to communicate with his girlfriend ("I Talk Too Much"), or the loss of his youth ("Hold On"). But it's not all gloominess here: "Glory Days" skips along with a summery jaunty beat and a bright brass break that perfectly depicts the elation that comes after a period of depression. Like Just Jack himself, Overtones is mature and thoughtful, proving that hip hop need not necessarily be by, for or about kids. --Ted Kord

BBC Review

Most of us probably hadn't heard of Just Jack before the very end of 2006. Then suddenly he's everywhere – selling out gigs, hitting the top echelons of the charts and appearing on every television show that'll have him. Little did we know that he'd done all this before with debut album The Outer Market, released in 2002. He didn't have the benefits of a major label behind him then and his single charted 162 places lower than "Starz In Their Eyes" did. His breakthrough hit, an ode to the 15 minutes of fame culture, shouldn't be mistaken as a one hit wonder.

It'd be easy to label Jack as the new Mike Skinner. After all he is from that same urban decadance camp of talky-singing over toe-tapping melodies. But there's something very different about Jack. While The Streets have a whale of a time sampling house and garage styles, Jack is much more chilled out, working instead with a groovier hip swing. The quite astounding opening track "Writers Block" has a shuffling disco bassline while "Hold On" takes a 90s piano based funky house track complete with rousing female vocalist and transforms it into a haunting melody perfect for a Baleric sunset.

Honest to the core, Jack doesn't want to just accept what life has dealt him. He questions and analyses everything thrown at him. During come down track "Disco Friends" you can imagine him in a nightclub standing on the edge of a dancefloor furiously scribbling lyrics into a notepad.

Despite describing himself as a 'cheeky chappy' not everything is as chipper as "Starz In Their Eyes". The Specials-esque could-be Bond Theme "Lost" and emotional penultimate track "Mourning Morning" are two examples. In the latter he bemoans the loss of a relationship set against lush melancholy strings, Jack sings "I really want you to stay but I know you have to go." It's almost the sentiment we feel when coming to the end of this album. We’re glad you’re back Jack. --Talia Kraines

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. G. Mccalla on 18 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like most newcomers to just Jack I heard "Stars in there eyes" and thought what a great track, who is this guy. Now I find myself sat here 3 hours later having listened to Overtones 3 times over and over again. It gets better every time believe me. The funky tunes get funkier, the streetwise lyrics get more street. This is truly great, modern british music. This guy deserves a lot of props and in my humble opinion is streets ahead of the Street, really does skin Skinner. No time, Writers Block, Disco Friends my favourite tracks.... Roll on the third album...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 21 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
The follow-up to the patchy `The Outer Marker' is a little gem. Jack Alsopp's lackadaisical vocals coupled with hip-hop beats and topped-off with a Disco sensibility, is as intelligent, witty and droll as anything by Morrissey, Neil Tennant, Mike Skinner, Eminem or Paul Heaton of The Beautiful South; whilst the standout track 2007's ubiquitous `Starz in Their Eyes' - a searing indictment of fleeting fame - is merely the icing on a very impressive cake. Other key tracks are the cheeky `Glory Days' and punning `Disco Friends', but every one's a winner on Overtones; let's just hope Jack gets the recognition he so richly deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaveW on 20 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'd never heard of Just Jack until "Starz In Their Eyes" (which, on the album, is a slightly longer version than the single with a slow break in the middle) but I'm pleasantly surprised. The rest of the album isn't quite as upbeat as "Starz..." but it is worth getting if you were ever a fan of Galliano and their brand of tuneful acid jazz (":4" is probably the album closest in style to this one). "Overtones" is a bit more modern, though (plenty of cockney rapping and some surprisingly complex tunes) but that's no bad thing. This guy's got attitude but this album is very listenable and not at all abrasive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Smith on 7 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's definitely not a 'hard' album but there are still pleasures to be found in it.

Obviously there's the smash hit Starz In Their Eyes but that aside there are snippets of good music which get overlooked a little bit and need to be played quite a lot - there's quite a lot of funk, always a good thing in my book.

It is only him, and therefore there's not going to be choruses and guitar solos.

The story of young men in their twenties with nowhere to go and nothing to do is pretty good - shame it's such a common aesthetic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy390 on 12 Oct. 2009
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I just can't rate this album high enough.. Every track is a good one- No fillers. His lyrics are great and so are the tunes. Buy It!
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I've been hearing "Starz" on the radio for ages, and really liked it. Finally, I decided to give the whole album a chance. Well worth it, a really different and unusual talent, though Jack does remind me a little of Stoney, another individual and unusual singer of neat, observational songs. Highly recommended, and I shall be looking out for more by this young man.
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By Craig davies on 20 Nov. 2013
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Good album from Just Jack he's got a good sound and some great lyrics to go with him, good album
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By R. S. on 27 May 2013
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Really like this album and I didn't think I would.

First time I heard Just Jack was when a single from this album, Stars In Their Eyes, was on a music channel and I didn't like it. I found his voice annoying, it was repetitive, and didn't like the lyrics either. However, this album is kick ass! Really fond of the song Writer's Block with its super funky bass line.

I think youngsters in general can relate to the lyrics of the song of having little enthusiasm, motivation, or hope. He sings a bit about smoking weed and getting 'weed psychosis'. But although some of the lyrics are of a depressing time in his life, he turns them around and sings about how he is past all that now. It is nice to hear of someone else who is struggling but comes out the other side. The song Glory Days is all about this.

I think this is a good album to restore your faith in modern music. if you lost it like I once did. Lyrics are heacy focused and I think they speak to a lot of youngsters or people who were once one. Think he has some original ideas, interesting breakdowns and such. Altogether, 12 original songs that hold ground on their own and work as well together as Kane and Able ;)
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