Joe Jackson

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Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson~Rain When Joe Jackson went into an East Berlin recording studio with the rhythm section that has accompanied him, off and on, for nearly three decades, he had the most strikingly simple line-up in mind: just piano, bass, drums and his unmistakable, eternally yearning voice. As he later pondered a name for this compellingly to-the-point collection of ten new songs, he took a similar approach. “I wanted something elemental because that’s the kind of album I wanted to make,” Jackson explains. “There is no padding on it at all; the album is stripped to the bare essentials, so I hope it has a timeless quality. The title seems to fit.” The natural elements were indeed a leitmotif, not so much in the words of the songs themselves as in Jackson’s surroundings as he created them: “It seemed like rain was a constant companion. It always seemed to be raining when I was working on these songs, and it rained every day while we were recording them. But I like the rain, and I don’t understand why for many people it has this automatic association with doom and gloom. What would we do without rain?” Rain may have the occasionally melancholic moment, but it also boasts plenty of humor, swing, sophistication, barbed social commentary and even some punk-like rocking out – no guitars necessary -- on “King Pleasure Time.” “Rush Across the Road” evokes a split-second moment of sweet recognition between two former – or soon-to-be – lovers, while “Wasted Time” gently examines both the longing and regret in an affair gone sour. “Too Tough” balances the swagger and vulnerability of an emotionally guarded character in a classic Jackson arrangement that features big, dramatic choruses and a rough-edged lead vocal. “Good Bad Boy,” with quick shuffling rhythms and a rollercoaster of a piano solo, skewers the pre-packaged rebelliousness of a modern-day rock star or fashion model. In its adventurous spirit as well as its piano-based sound, the material on Rain recalls Jackson’s 1982 Night and Day, the best-selling and most critically lauded album of his career, and its equally well-regarded 2000 sequel. “I’ve always been pretty diverse,” Jackson concludes. “It you go back and listen to the first album, you might find that it’s pretty eclectic. I think that artists, especially new ones, get slotted into one movement or genre or another. People were so anxious to put me in a certain category that they didn’t notice how eclectic Look Sharp! was, so they acted surprised a bit later. It’s kind of ironic.” Rain, then, is not surprising at all – at least for those of us who have been following Jackson’s extraordinary 30-year career. It’s just another genre-stretching effort from an artist who continues to extend the boundaries of his craft.-- Michael Hill--WACBIZ is honored to be licensing such a talent as Joe, in conjunction with Big Hassle.

Rain
Song
Invisible Man Favorite License Buy
Too Tough Favorite License Buy
Citizen Sane Favorite License Buy
Wasted Time Favorite License Buy
The Uptown Train Favorite License Buy
King Pleasure Time Favorite License Buy
Solo (So Low) Favorite License Buy
Rush Across the Road Favorite License Buy
Good Bad Boy Favorite License Buy
A Place in the Rain Favorite License Buy


New Songs w/The Roots
Song
I'm Beginning To See The Light - Take The 'A' Train - C Favorite License Buy
Isfahan Favorite License Buy
Rockin' In Rhythm Favorite License Buy
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues - Do Nothin' Till You Favorite License Buy