for March 17, 2003
ALTROK Ordinals 46
Joe Jackson Band - Volume 4 (Restless/Rykodisc)
25 years after the recording of Jackson's landmark debut album "Look
Sharp", he reunites with the original Joe Jackson Band. Interesting move
for an artist that has become known for constant change throughout his
career. The band that recorded one of the finest "trifectas" in rock
history (Look Sharp and I'm The Man in 79, and Beat Crazy in 80) is back
and damn near better than ever. The new album echoes the early days yet
doesn't sound like Joe was trying to recreate it. The energy in the playing
is remeniscent of those early days, add to it the maturity of the last 25
years in Joe's writing and arranging and it's pretty much the "best of both
worlds." It's really hard to believe that they hadn't played together as a
band since 1981 when Joe decided to do the "Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive"
album. Having just seem them play live I can also say that they are in
great form. From start ("Take It Like A Man") to finish ("Bright Grey"),
"Volume 4" is the definition of "return to form." Don't call it a comeback!
(Ordinals appear by the courtesy of Jeff Raspe.)
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