Laughter & Lust

Laughter & Lust

by Joe Jackson
     
 
After the inappropriately bombastic arena rock of Blaze of Glory, Joe Jackson returned (somewhat) to his roots to deliver the most straightforward pop album in his career in Laughter & Lust. While Jackson's late-'80s output is composed of intelligent, if often forgettable, adult pop
ock, Laughter & Lust feels almost like a snotty declaration of

Overview

After the inappropriately bombastic arena rock of Blaze of Glory, Joe Jackson returned (somewhat) to his roots to deliver the most straightforward pop album in his career in Laughter & Lust. While Jackson's late-'80s output is composed of intelligent, if often forgettable, adult pop
ock, Laughter & Lust feels almost like a snotty declaration of Jackson's pop skills. He's "been there, done that" with pop music, and with Laughter & Lust he shows off just how effortlessly he can construct a commercially viable pop album. Nowhere is this more present than on the bitter "Hit Single," a tirade about the disposability of pop music and the public's inability to digest more than "just the hit single." But Jackson saves this inscrutable slap in the face of his fans by setting it to -- surprise -- a massive pop hook. And it's that paradox that exists all over Laughter & Lust; songs like "Stranger Than Fiction" and "When You're Not Around" sound so effortless, so catchy, so made for radio -- and yet you know that Joe Jackson constructed these songs just because he could, not necessarily because he wanted to. It's a testament as much to Jackson's abilities as it is to his ego, and Laughter & Lust became his not-so-subtle goodbye to pop music, as he would continuously foray into "serious" music from here on out. Still, for a fan who can see past the attitude, Laughter & Lust does deliver more bang for the buck than any Jackson album since Night and Day, simply because Jackson really does know how to construct a good pop song, even if he's condescending while doing it.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1992
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0077778621928
catalogNumber:
86219

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Jackson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Tom Teeley   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Aiello   Saxophone
Joy Askew   Keyboards,Vocals
Sue Hadjopoulas   Percussion,Drums
Dan Hickey   Drums
Graham Maby   Bass,Vocals
Charles McCracken   Cello
Michael Morreale   Trumpet
Annie Whitehead   Bass,Trombone
Graham Askew   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Jackson   Producer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Ed Roynesdal   Producer
Melanie Nissen   Art Direction
Drew Barfield   Composer

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