Jackinaboxby Turin Brakes
Turin Brakes' third release blends the lighthearted escapism of their debut and the slickly produced escapism of their sophomore release for a satisfying, tambourine-slapping good time. Acoustic guitars are still the thing and Ollie Knights' voice is still a cross between Jeff Buckley and early David Bowie, but the songwriting has improved drastically. Knights and his duo partner, Gale Paridjanian, have never been considered the greatest lyricists, and while the somewhat improved prose on Jackinabox won't change that, the arrangements are much tighter than ever and cover up whatever lyrical deficiencies the charismatic, freewheeling attitude of the band doesn't. When they offer upbeat, infectious, neo-hippie numbers like the funky "Asleep With the Fireflies" (Jamiroquai for the acoustic set) or "Over and Over" (a playful, nearly cabaret song), the album excels and fits summery afternoons like a glove. The wistful ballads are more hit or miss, the widescreen "Road to Nowhere" being an example of direct hit with the meandering "Forever" being a tedious miss that feels totally out of place. Sliding guitars, xylophones, and electronic touches flush out the sound, and the duo's complete involvement with the recording -- producing, engineering, etc. -- gives it a comfortable, "at home" feel. Fans won't be disappointed in the least, and with so much growth displayed, they should probably make room for converts.
- Release Date:
- Emi Europe Generic
Performance CreditsTurin Brakes Primary Artist
Rob Allum Drums
Little Phil Marten Keyboards
Eddie Myer Standup Bass
Technical CreditsTurin Brakes Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Alex Cowper Artwork
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I really like these guys. A friend at a record store gave me a huge pile of promo CDs to pick through. Out of about 200 I picked 15 CDs I thought I might like. The rest went back. When recently looking for something new to listen to I went the pile and pick out this CD. It's all well written music and the production and performances are well done. It has elements of down-home acoustic soft rock, but also elements of Elliott Smith and some other Beatle influences.