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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Source
  • ASIN: B0009IE6QM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Cant Buy The Sunshine
  2. Red Moon
  3. Forever
  4. Asleep With The Fireflies
  5. Fishing For A Dream
  6. Road To Nowhere
  7. Over And Over
  8. Last Clown
  9. Above The Clouds
  10. Building Wraps Round Me
  11. Jackinabox
  12. Come And Go

Disc: 2

  1. Track By Track Commentary By The Band
  2. 2 Exclusive Live Audio-Visual Tracks Recorded At Bush Hall
  3. Super 8 Footage From The Bands Travels In The UU Cut To Album Tracks
  4. Single Video With The Director’s Commentary.
  5. Hidden Extras!

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Product Description

TURIN BRAKES JackInABox (2005 UK limited edition 2-disc set comprising the 12-track CD album featuring the single Fishing For A Dream plus a BONUS DVD whick includes a track-by-track commentary by the band 2 exclusive live audio-visual tracks recorded at Bush Hall super 8 footage from the bands travels in the US video for the single with the directors commentary plus hidden extras. Housed in a picture sleeve - still sealed CDSOURX110)

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This is the Limited Edition version, which includes a bonus DVD. Frayed by the ocean-hopping promotional commitments required to stay apace of their accruing popularity, South London's Mercury Music Prize-nominated urban folk-pop duo Turin Brakes took stock and hunkered down in their Brixton studio bolt hole to record their third album JackInABox. Wagons duly circled, one might have anticipated a portfolio of dry, woebegone claustrophobia. However, what JackInABox actually tenders is the elixir of easy living, the lure of the open road and an emancipating two-fingered gesticulation in the prevailing direction of the sick city rat race. From the breezy, footloose opener "They Can't Buy The Sun" - imagine if The Eagles had listened to Loaded by The Velvet Underground - to the supple funky country acoustics of "Asleep With The Fireflies", JackInABox" is all open fields, the heavens above and sunsets in rear view mirrors. "Oh no, my world is on fire, someone fetch some water cos I think I’m going to burn" sings Olly Knights on the feverish title track, a magnetic aggregate of Pentangle's jazz-folk merry-go-round and The Notorious Byrd Brothers. "Forever" is mind balm for seekers of mellow, come-down reverie but - notwithstanding one or two ponderous pregnant pauses - JackInABox finds Turin Brakes with a reinvigorated spring in their step. --Kevin Maidment

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Format: Audio CD
Old fans of Turin Brakes, like myself, will find that 'Jackinabox' has a lot more of the acoustic-pop lustre that started to creep in on tracks like 'Pain Killer', from their 2002 album, 'Ether Song'. Admittedly, this album has a much more commercial ambience, but that doesn't mean that it's bad.
What struck me about this cd, in comparison with their other two, is the subtle element of 'soul' which lingers around like a vapour throughout (notably in tracks like 'Asleep With The Fireflies', 'Last Clown' and 'They Can't Buy The Sunshine'). What comes as a shock at first, soon feels justified by the concept of re-invention - the reason why this album should appeal more to the new fans rather than the old.
The highlight of the album (well for me anyway) has to be 'Buildings Wrap Around Me'. It's a beautiful combination of the classic ethereal Turin Brakes sound with the melodic string picking of artists like 'Gordon Lightfoot', who seem to have been forgotten in time's obscure ebb of trend. The result is a wonderfully balmy and tuneful guitar track, worth buying the album for alone.
With the abundance of meaningless synth littering the charts at the moment, it's hard not to be prejudice towards a lot of artists. What's true about the title 'Jackinabox' is that 'Turin Brakes' are are band who's (I don't like saying it) mediocre lyrics, and sometimes melodies, seem to keep them confined within 'the box'; however their passion is certainly still evident and this LP really shows that their music is just waiting to explode onto a new lateral level.
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A fantastic mix of sounds which makes JackInABox such a satisfying album. From the pumping chorus of "Red Moon" to the chilled out floatiness of "Forever" this album has it all. The trademark spine tingling harmonies still shine through and are cleverly mixed with American folksy sounding riffs in songs like "road to nowhere." Admitedly a couple of songs are quite poppy, particularly the album opener, "They can't buy the sunshine" but this adds to the all-encompasing feel of the album.
Following the refreshing sounds of The Optimist and Ether Song, the band have really reached a new level with this album. Most of the tracks will soon be stuck in your head, espcially those with a more funky edge like, "Asleep with the fireflies," the title track, "JackInABox" and the brilliant "Last Clown." The personality of the band is stamped on the record in the optimistic, summery energy of the lyrics and rythms. Some might say that JackInABox isn't as deep or edgy as some albums of today but any such criticism is far outweighed by the fact that it is simply a rich musical joy to listen to.
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By Stusie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
My second posting for this record! I don't think i did it much justice the first time round. I listened to it a couple of times and thought that it was quite good, but then I got distracted and stopped listening to it. A couple of weeks later I found it in my glove box, put it on and realised how good it really is.
JackInABox is a very summery record, but there is also a darkness lying not far beneath the surface. The darkness is ultimately what gives the record its edge, and this took me a little while to pick up on. Red Moon is a wonderful country inspired starter. The "shine on" harmonies at the end are really very cool in a "Crosby Stills and Nash" sort of way. Its the sort of song that chills you out from head to toe. Many of the up beat songs have a really stomping, driving quality to them; take Red Moon and (especially) the title track as examples. Nice guitar work, and very singable choruses. As good as the upbeat songs are, I think it's the mid tempo one's that really steal the show. Fishing For a Dream is about as beautiful a song as you will ever hear, "Let's do loneliness in style, lets put on moonlight mile" (Moonlight Mile from The Rolling Stone's Sticky Fingers album) It's dreamsome. Above the clouds is also very pretty, but the real stunner is the final track "Come And Go". It's Extraordinary. What starts of as a simple country infused ballad, gently becomes overpowered by trance like synth washes that build towards a blistering crescendo. Stunning. Wow! A first class record, and on reflection probably their best yet.
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Format: Audio CD
”All in all it’s been a blast, but fame and fortune never last” are the first words sung on JackInABox. Quite a startling opening gambit but lets hope that this doesn’t signify the end of Turin Brakes for this is a very fine album indeed.
JackInABox contains well-crafted, largely acoustic pop-rock with nice softly sung vocals and exquisite guitar-work. The additional presence of tasteful slide guitar on several tracks gives it more of a US west-coast sound than the duo’s previous two LPs with the already quoted opener They Can’t Buy The Sunshine and Asleep With The Fireflies particularly benefiting from some superb six-string playing. Other highlights include the more acoustic opening single Fishing For A Dream and final track Come And Go which is gradually swathed by whooshing synths reminiscent to me of Stereolab, the resolutely uncommercial 90s indie band.
All in all it is indeed quite a blast and Turin Brakes deserve a good measure of fame and fortune for this accomplished LP. An excellent underrated album with some good songs and superb playing.
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