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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, 13 Jan 2003
This review is from: Night And Day (Audio CD)
Joe Jackson has often been acclaimed as being a very special talent, but equally often slaughtered by the music press for testing our patience with a string of musically indifferent projects. Here though, the man is at his best. Having gained success, which soon waned, with his first 3 albums during the explosion of punk in the late 70’s, in 1982 we find Jackson relocate to New York following the demise of his marriage. Whilst there, he absorbed the many different sounds of a hustling city, and wrote the finest songs of his career. To say that many artists could only dream of writing an album as good as this is no exaggeration. With only a three piece band to back him, all of which are rhythmic (percussion, drums and bass) there is a very tasty, distinctive low-key latin feel to this. With Jackson himself on piano and vocals, he has never sounded finer – sharp, cynical, smart. The opening track ‘Another World’ opens with the line “I was so low, people almost made me give up trying,” – this is Jackson fighting against anybody who never believed in him. ‘Steppin’ Out’ – worth the price of the CD alone, is classic pop, something he has never quite repeated. Crisp piano, classic Graham Maby bass line, soothing vocals… surely this is too good to be true! The second half of the album is much darker, ‘Breaking Us In Two’ is a perfect, honest love song, while Jackson’s own doubts about the world we live in are to the fore with ‘Cancer’ and ‘Real Men’. Just when you think it can’t get better the album ends with Jackson’s finest moment, and a song which I personally believe is the best song ever written, ‘A Slow Song.’ Dark, sophisticated, moving – Jackson is crying out for a moments rest from the noise around him. Gradually it builds and builds into a complete masterpiece – a mere review such as this doesn’t do it justice. This is an album of breathtaking quality, and, unlike a lot of releases, is actually an album, not just 9 very good songs put together. Very special indeed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jackson's best, 11 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Night And Day (Audio CD)
Joe's fifth album and the first he recorded after relocating to New York from England. The album soaks up the latin rhythms so prominent in that part of the world and combines them with some of his best pop compositions. Includes the gorgeous Slow Song and the electric Steppin' Out. A must.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in time, 6 April 2003
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This review is from: Night And Day (Audio CD)
I owned the album when it first came out, but haven't heard it for years as I no longer have a turntable. This is the closest I will come to the equivalent of travelling back in time ! - I had forgotten how brilliant and innovative the album is.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb, 6 April 2005
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This review is from: Night And Day (Audio CD)
To rediscover an album like this is to remember the days when being a musician meant writing and performing great songs, not winning a Saturday evening popularity contest on ITV. One of those albums that doesn't have a single weak track. Joe Jackson is one of the great songwriters of the 80s and this album showcases that brilliantly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art, 7 Jan 2004
Joe's finest piece of work, rightly given yet another remastering treatment. The basic album itself is breathtaking from start to finish, from the angry jibes of ''I was so low, people almost made me give up trying'' on 'Another World', all the way through to the remarkable 'A Slow Song', in which Jackson is crying out desperatly for a moments peace from the noise around him. In between that we have many treats, the epic 'Cancer', the truthful 'Real Men', and the huge hit 'Stepping Out'. The real joy though comes during Jacksons reflective moments during 'Breaking Us In Two' - "you don't do the things that I do/you wanna do things I can't do" is a painful joy to listen to, you almost feel like you are invading his privacy, but at the same time finding it strangely okay. From start to finish this album stands out in a million, and worthy of any record collection. Jackson has never bettered
this masterpiece, but as long as he has this album in his back catalogue his strong musical legacy remains. This remastered edition includes a glossy booklet with more text explaining why this is such a gem, and a bonus disc mostly of unreleased material. The additional CD itself is perhaps for the more
obbessive Jackson fan, and does feel like its been pieced together rather randomly, but interesting to hear the original demos, some cracking live performances, and the tracks he composed for the unsuccessful soundtrack to 'Mikes Murder' finds Joe in fine form. A must for any true music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars joe jackson masterpiece remastered, 19 Dec 2010
This review is from: Night And Day (Audio CD)
I assume U know this album.
I bought it for being remastered and so possible better audio quality than the old version.
Yes, I can confirm: this remastered version is better: more clear highs and profound bas.
Only for high end stereo's applicable I guess.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember, 24 May 2013
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I used to play the vinyl version of this all the time many years ago but hadn't listened to it for many years. Bought the CD and remembered just why I loved it so much. Jackson was very under-rated and this must be his best work.
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