Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Cover Of The Week
As I mentioned yesterday, I've been wanting to write a proper review of Joe Jackson's new LP but haven't found a minute. I will say for now that "Fast Forward" is worth your time. Joe Jackson continues to impress with his love of all music, his ability to wear many different hats convincingly, and his unique working combination of creating music that satisfies both his fans and himself.
Unlike so many other rock legends who desperately try to stay current by throwing their antes in games they have no business playing, Joe Jackson's records, whether paying tribute to heroes like Duke Ellington or Louis Jordan, or taking a stab at classical music, never feel misguided. They don't all work, but I'm convinced that Joe's intent was heartfelt. There is integrity in Joe Jackson's work and this is why I will continue to be a fan, see him live and jump on new music as long as he sticks around.
His new record contains two covers, one of which scared me at first and then once heard, thrilled me to the bone. Television's "Marquee Moon" is one of those records that is coming into the coffin with me. It is untouchable. I don't need to hear it covered. (Have you heard Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs take on the title track? No? Consider yourself lucky.) Yet Joe Jackson manages to take its opening track, "See No Evil," show it respect and still make it every bit of Joe Jackson.