(I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson

(I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson

by Stevie Jackson
     
 

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Since he penned "Seymour Stein" for 1998's The Boy with the Arab Strap, Belle & Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson usually contributed at least one song per album. The tunes were nice counterpoints to Stuart Murdoch's and proved Jackson to have a nice way with a hook and a jangle. On

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Since he penned "Seymour Stein" for 1998's The Boy with the Arab Strap, Belle & Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson usually contributed at least one song per album. The tunes were nice counterpoints to Stuart Murdoch's and proved Jackson to have a nice way with a hook and a jangle. On his debut solo album, (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, the initial question might be whether he could pull off an entire album's worth of songs all by himself. The answer is an unqualified yes. With songwriting help from friends Roy Moller and Gary Thom (the three of them known collectively as the Company) and musical backing from Pastel Katrina Mitchell on drums, Bill Wells on bass, Rose Melberg on backing vocal, and B&S mates Bob Kildea, Sarah Martin, Mick Cooke, and Richard Colburn (among others), Jackson comes through with a batch of witty and catchy songs done in a variety of styles but always full of his trademark low-key charm. Jackson is a well-known lover of rock & roll of all kinds and the album jumps from country-tinged balladry ("Pure of Heart") and funky blue-eyed soul ("Just, Just, So to the Point") to chiming folk-rock ("Kurosawa") and quietly reflective songs ("Bird's Eye View"). His tender voice fits in perfectly no matter the style and the musicians he chose for the task are well up to it, always sounding just right. The strongest tracks on the album, though, are those that stick closest to the formula of his Belle & Sebastian contributions: short, snappy pop songs with a little bit of soul, a dash of Zombies melancholy, and easy-to-sing-along-with melodies. The super hooky "Try Me" is the hit, but the record is filled with many of those kinds of bright and sunny-ish songs. He even gives Stuart Murdoch a run for his money on the pocket sweet soul symphony "Man of God" -- it would easily be a highlight of a B&S record. Jackson may have been cast in the eternal sideman role in Belle & Sebastian, but (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson shows without a doubt that he is a pop craftsman in his own right.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
Label:
Banchory
UPC:
5052571030226
catalogNumber:
6318
Rank:
200996

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Jackson   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Electric Sitar
John Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Piano
Kurt Dahle   Drums
Rose Melberg   Vocals
Lorraine Wilson   Vocals
Katrina Mitchell   Drums
Chris Geddes   Organ,Percussion,Piano
Sarah Martin   Organ,Pizzicato
Richard Colburn   Drums
Mick Cooke   Horn,French Horn
Bob Kildea   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
John Collins   Bass,Percussion,Harmonium
Roy Moller   Percussion,Electric Piano,Vocals
Dave McGowan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Alex Neilson   Drums
Ysla Robertson   Violin
Rosie Townhill   Cello
Aby Vulliamy   Accordion
Yuko Takemoto   Vocals
Laura McMahon   Vocals
Janis Fyfe Murray   Vocals
Gillian Risi   Violin
Donna Swabey   Vocals
Cinnamon Girls   Vocals
Bill Wells   Bass,Piano

Technical Credits

John Clark   Engineer,Special Contributor
David Carswell   Engineer
Tony Doogan   Engineer
Chris Geddes   Engineer
Gregor Reid   Engineer
Gary Thom   Special Contributor
Stevie Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Company   Composer,Special Contributor
Mick Cooke   Arranger
Bob Kildea   Special Contributor
John Collins   Engineer
Roy Moller   Special Contributor
Nicola Atkinson   Special Contributor

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