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The Jazz Age

Jack, ジャック Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Too Pure
  • ASIN: B0000251D2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and sadly forgotten album, from 1998. 14 Jan 2006
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I don't know much about Jack, other than the fact that they have another album besides this one that is extremely hard to track down. They seemed to get buried during the latter half of the last decade, which might be why I'd never heard of them or this album until 2003, when I came across a copy in a local music shop in the same section as the likes of Pulp, The Divine Comedy and The Decembrists and was intrigued. The references to those bands seem apt, with Jack having the same orchestral heavy pop sound and lyrics that reference beat poetry and European cinema, which, eventually, gives way to a more confessional kitchen-sink brand of song-writing that is much more honest and affecting. It is also worth noting that the album is produced by Darren Allison, who co-produced those first few Divine Comedy records... amongst them, the orchestral-pop masterpiece, Promenade.
The sleeve notes on the album reference Miles Davis, Dexys Midnight Runners and Roxy Music, but there are also similarities to people like Scott Walker... which is most apparent on that string-drenched opening track, Three O' Clock In The Morning. Here, the band establish the kind of lyrical ideology that will continue throughout the album, with lead singer Anthon looking into that whole romanticised depiction of youthful alienation... sure to appeal to the kind of people who sit alone listening to records in the early hours of the morning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Jack's first album, 'Pioneer Sountracks' was an extraordinary work, striking an unsuspecting world out of the blue. 'The Jazz Age' is the natural development of this work, bringing a rapidly maturing Jack into their inheritance, of one of the best unheard-of bands around. From the first track, 'Three O'Clock in the morning' (released as a single), the exuberant feel of the album grabs the listeners attention with the ecstactic melancholy mood of the group. The connection with F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s world is clear - not only does it capture the beautiful feel of post-Versailles optimism, but the listener is swayed by the sudden fall of the world into the apocalyptical dictatorships of the 1920s and 30s. 'Lolita Elle' has the obvious literary reference but 'Saturday's Plan' and 'Love and Death in the afternoon' bring out the beautiful mood of a cynical, disillusioned late-90s, charmingly juxtaposed with the roller-coaster rise and fall of the first half of the century. But it's not all political and literary. The jealousy of 'Pablo' and sheer power of 'Nico's children' are simply joys to listen to. One of the most inspiring albums of the decade.
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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'The Jazz Age' was the fantastic album released in 1998, follow-up to the promising blend of Pulp & Scott Walker that was their debut 'Pioneer Soundtracks'. This is a vast progression.
I first heard a demo of 'Cinematic' on a Too Pure sampler & that along with an Album of the Month in the severely reliable Uncut got me to buy this.
This is everything that such mediocre bands as Divine Comedy, My Life Story & Suede could have been: epic Walkeresque, grandiose. Imagine a poppier take on The Tindersticks...'3 O'Clock in the Morning' is the epic opener- somewhere between 'The Plague' & 'The Stars We Are'- it sets up the album as one of dreams & despair straight away. To think this lot had to support the Bluetones!...'Pablo'is a tuneful thrash with top chanting & refs to Cocteau, Versace, 'American Psycho' & the eponymous genius...'My World Vs. Your World' is not unlike 'Lions After Slumber' by Scritti Politti (from 'Songs to Remember')- which is also an intellectual album (warning Oasis fans!!!)...'Saturday's Plan' is a tuneful downer, not far from The Smiths 'Never Had No One Ever' or Suede's 'Sleeping Pills'...'Nico's Children' is the centrepiece of the album- making it as heavy as Marc & the Mambas covering a song from 'The Marble Index'...'Lolita Elle' is a heavenly acoustic song, everything that people said (wrongly)about 'Dog Man Star...This album does share arrangers/string players Ruth Gottlieb & Lucy Wilkins- who would also play on the Tindersticks excellent 'Simple Pleasure'...'Cinematic' is a tuneful popsong detailing the futility of pop culture to the realities of life: "so you reckon Pasolini was in love with Fellini?/yeah,well tell it to the landlord as he's kicking down our door"...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another lost classic 21 Feb 2011
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A really special record that failed to attract much attention at the time. Vibrant and moving. Lyrics are superb and the music is lush.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious? Moi? 18 Feb 2007
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I've always had a soft spot for bands who recommend 'further reading' in their sleevenotes - apart from The Manic Street Preachers, of course. Compatriots of those blustering blowhards, Jack are REAL bohemians and if you find them a little pretentious - well, off you go with your Keane albums and Celebrity Big Brother DVDs then.

Influenced as much by film and literature as music, Jack's songs reference Warhol, Nabokov, Bukowski, Cocteau, Fellini......But all this would be so much studenty name-dropping were it not backed up by their vivid lyricism and the powerful, chamber-rock sound of the music. Anthony Reynolds has also got a beautiful, richly-timbered voice: he needs it for this kind of conceit to work.

Rented rooms, afternoon drinking, recreational drugs, waiting in the housing benefit queue.....ah, the travails of the working-class intellectual - can't you see I'm trying to live a life of squalid glamour here?

With its dramatic, orhestral introduction and lovelorn, drink-addled narrator, '3 O'Clock In The Morning' is the perfect opener - "There's this all night garage and 7-11/ If you're pissed in the morning, it's like some kind of route to heaven...".

'Saturday's Plan' is a defiant "us against them" lovers' tale a la The Smiths 'Hand In Glove', 'Lolita Elle' is simply gorgeous - "love like ours is as doomed and stained as snow." 'Nico's Children' builds slowly up into an abrasive crescendo and 'Half-Cut, Wholly Yours' rounds things off in suitably sozzled fashion.

Less arch than The Divine Comedy, more authentic than Tindersticks, this album demands to be better known. Spread the word.
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