Sunday, May 5, 2013

Album 365: Day 209 - Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!

Joe Jackson
Look Sharp!

Favorite tracks: Sunday Papers, Happy Loving Couples, Look Sharp!, Pretty Girls
Sleeper tracks: (Do The) Instant Mash

I never owned a Joe Jackson record until a week ago.  There were the radio hits I was familiar with but I never bothered obtaining the actual albums they came from.

I was pleasantly surprised by this album.  Overall, the album was great.  It's a bit dated and the production sounds like something that could have come from a 1980s Minneapolis studio (or vice versa I suppose.  Maybe David Kershenbaum is the hidden master of new wave pop).

One thing I did notice and should be a lesson to all bands out there:  There are some bad pitch issues with Jackson's vocals.  I get that it was a style back then but it shows that you need good songs first and singing chops second.

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