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All Night Cinema

All Night Cinema

by Just Jack
     
 

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Riding on the coattails of the mockney pop wave that briefly dominated the charts in 2007, MC/vocalist Jack Allsopp, aka Just Jack, scored an unexpected number two hit with his the Streets-go-disco satire of talent shows, "Starz in Their Eyes." Like fellow scenesters Lily Allen and Jack Peñate, Allsopp appears to

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Riding on the coattails of the mockney pop wave that briefly dominated the charts in 2007, MC/vocalist Jack Allsopp, aka Just Jack, scored an unexpected number two hit with his the Streets-go-disco satire of talent shows, "Starz in Their Eyes." Like fellow scenesters Lily Allen and Jack Peñate, Allsopp appears to have spent the subsequent two years reinventing his signature sound, presumably in an attempt to distance himself from the passing fad that launched his career. And while All Night Cinema might not be as chart-friendly as Allen's It's Not Me, It's You or as radical a departure as Peñate's Afro-Cuban house fusion, Everything Is New (his trademark laid-back laconic delivery and everyday-life lyrics are still here in abundance), his third album, All Night Cinema, is still a much more inventive affair than his previous stoner hip-hop-heavy Overtones. Indeed, lead single "Embers" is one of the most intriguing singles of the year, a gorgeously epic production that opens with basic handclap rhythms, a nagging guitar hook, and plucked strings and slowly builds up to a stunning crescendo of swirling symphonies and multi-layered vocals. It's already been used as the soundtrack to a famous sports TV commercial, but expect it to be even more ubiquitous, such is its widescreen cinematic nature. Elsewhere, the jagged guitars and percussive rhythms of "So Wrong" echo the freewheeling art rock of Brazilian outfit CSS; "253" is a guilt-ridden lament to a fading romance whose harmonica solos, ska beats, and folk violins evoke the Gypsy pop of Dexys Midnight Runners; and the pulsating instrumental closer, "Basement," could give Bloc Party a run for their money in the indie dancefloor-filler stakes. Best of all is "Goth in the Disco," a deadpan tale of arson in a nightclub, set against a backdrop of Calvin Harris-style kaleidoscopic synths and '80s processed beats. The album is less successful when it reverts back to more familiar territory. The casual account of a man's final fateful day on the acoustic one-man band instrumentation of "The Day I Died" veers towards Jack Johnson-esque MOR territory, while the aimless pseudo-funk of "Astronaut" harks back to the primitive production of his largely forgotten debut, The Outer Marker. However, while Mike Skinner seems to have lost his everyman appeal, All Night Cinema's understated reflections of British life, combined with its experimental nature and classical leanings, position Just Jack as the U.K.'s premier urban poet.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0602527080161
catalogNumber:
1547459

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Performance Credits

Just Jack   Primary Artist
Adam Evans   Guitar
Rita Manning   Violin
Bucky Meadows   Harmonica
Simon Hale   Conductor,Choir Conductor
Peter Lale   Viola
Tony Pleeth   Cello,Celli
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Andrew Parker   Viola
John Gibbons   Background Vocals
Dan Wood   Organ,Keyboards
Julian Leaper   Violin
Perry Mason   Leader
Easy Access Orchestra   Drums
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Dane Woods   Organ,Keyboards
John Poole   Bass,Guitar
Jonathan Cox   Bass,Double Bass
Jess Mills   Vocals,Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Adam Philips   Guitar
Adam Midgley   Bass,Guitar
Adam Evans   Guitar
Janie Price   Cello
Simon Lea   Drums

Technical Credits

Rita Manning   Principal
Simon Hale   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,String Conductor
Jay Reynolds   Programming,Producer
Patrick Kiernan   Principal
Boguslaw Kostecki   Principal
Julian Leaper   Principal
Andrew Wyatt   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Instrumentation
Perry Mason   Orchestra Leader
Easy Access Orchestra   Drum Engineering
Emlyn Singleton   Principal
Warren Zielinski   Principal
John Poole   Engineer
Todd Interland   Management
Jack Allsopp   Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer
Zebedee Mullen   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Christopher Tombling   Principal
Adam Midgley   Producer
Nick Cervanaro   Engineer

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