I've been a fan of Joe Jackson from day one. For four decades, the Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire man has been a staple of my musical autobiography, supplying a soundtrack to nearly every phase of my life in an incredibly diverse way. From punk pop and scat jazz to samba love and heavily orchestrated pop, Joe has been there delivering stunning aural landscapes.
His latest effort, Fool, is an excellent piece of work. Working with the a fantastic four piece band, the eight songs on this record are stellar. They all represent the various phases of his career. "Fabulously Absolute" could be on Look Sharp!. "32 Kisses" could be from the Night and Day/Body and Soul era. "Alchemy" sounds like a lost track from Blaze of Glory. Yet, they all sound fresh and groundbreaking at the same time.
My favorite track channels Joe's inner Burt Bacharach.
My only beef with the album is that it is only eight tracks but given that his last album, Fast Forward, had sixteen tracks, I shouldn't complain.
Joe is on a world tour. Check him out if he comes to your town. I had the pleasure of seeing him last summer and it was bloody mags!