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on 26 March 2001
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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