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All Music Guide - Jason Damas
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...
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All Music Guide - Jason Damas
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778621928
  • Catalog Number: 86219

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Obvious Song (4:11)
  2. 2 Goin' Downtown (3:05)
  3. 3 Stranger Than Fiction (3:40)
  4. 4 Oh Well (2:29)
  5. 5 Jamie G. (2:04)
  6. 6 Hit Single (3:37)
  7. 7 It's All Too Much (4:22)
  8. 8 When You're Not Around (4:01)
  9. 9 The Other Me (4:11)
  10. 10 Trying to Cry (6:35)
  11. 11 My House (4:26)
  12. 12 The Old Songs (3:32)
  13. 13 Drowning (5:09)
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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
Scott Hull Digital Editing
Melanie Nissen Art Direction
Drew Barfield Composer
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