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Volume 4

Limited Edition

Audio CD

4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B00008J2F7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,926 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Take It Like A Man
  2. Still Alive
  3. Awkward Age
  4. Chrome
  5. Love At First Sight
  6. Fairy Dust
  7. Little Bit Stupid
  8. Blue Flame
  9. Dirty Martini
  10. Thugz 'r' Us
  11. Bright Grey
  12. One More Time [live]
  13. Is She Really Going Out With Him? [live]
  14. On Your Radio [live]
  15. Got The Time [live]
  16. It's Different For Girls [live]
  17. I'm The Man [live]

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Volume IV finds Joe Jackson back where he belongs. In the late-1970s and early-80s, Jackson was a skinny-tied child of New Wave, peddling a wordy and venomous strain of pop and generally resembling Elvis Costello's even more anti-social cousin. During this period, Jackson and his tremendous backing group made three fine albums: Look Sharp!, I'm the Man and Beat Crazy. Jackson then wandered off the reservation, and kept right on going from soul to jazz to classical to film to books. Volume IV is where Jackson completes his circuit, reuniting with his original band and reacquainting himself with his original working methods (Volume IV is recorded live to tape).

What could have been a colossal self-indulgence proves a startlingly vital album. Volume IV is faithful to the ethos of early Joe Jackson hits such as "One More Time" and "Is She Really Going Out with Him?", built as it is from clattering drums, jarring guitar, hyperactive keyboards, snarling vocals and lyrics riddled with puns and double entendres. But Jackson is too clever to get suckered by nostalgia, and instead contemplates, with his usual wry intelligence, his middle-aged present from inside his old clothes; the best of the resulting songs, "Blue Flame" and "Still Alive", are as good as anything he's ever done. Indeed, the only clunker here is "Thugz R Us" proof, were it needed, that scathing social commentary and ska are not natural bedfellows. --Andrew Mueller

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