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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Jackson's 2003 album, Volume 4, found the songwriter reunited with his original backing band for the first time since 1980, and it was his best and best-received effort in years, with Jackson stepping away from the grander conceits of his work as a "serious" composer and turning back to the pithy but literate pop tunes that had long been his forte. Jackson promised that the reunion with his original band would be a one-off, and technically he's kept his word on Rain -- this album was cut as a trio, with Jackson backed by bassist Graham Maby and drummer Dave Houghton from the original Joe Jackson Band, but without the presence of guitarist Gary Sanford. Minus Sanford, ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Jackson's 2003 album, Volume 4, found the songwriter reunited with his original backing band for the first time since 1980, and it was his best and best-received effort in years, with Jackson stepping away from the grander conceits of his work as a "serious" composer and turning back to the pithy but literate pop tunes that had long been his forte. Jackson promised that the reunion with his original band would be a one-off, and technically he's kept his word on Rain -- this album was cut as a trio, with Jackson backed by bassist Graham Maby and drummer Dave Houghton from the original Joe Jackson Band, but without the presence of guitarist Gary Sanford. Minus Sanford, Rain is a bit smoother and more refined than Volume 4, and it's a far cry from the scrappy new wave-inspired rock of Look Sharp! and I'm the Man, but it does show that Jackson learned something from his experience with Volume 4 -- he's better with clever pop songs than trying to write orchestral pieces, and Rain balances sophistication and edgy smarts with a winning mixture of grace and confidence. Jackson's melodies recall the polish and imagination of his work on Night and Day, and his piano work is exceptional here, but the compact arrangements keep the music from getting too florid for its own good, while Maby and Houghton add just the right amount of color and keep the songs moving at a brisk but comfortable pace. Jackson also supplies much of his usual tart wit as a lyricist, pondering his own retreat from A-list stardom in "Invisible Man," taking on photogenic "non-conformists" with "Good Bad Boy," and examining the ups and downs of hedonism in "King Pleasure Time," but Jackson also allows his romantic side to surface here, and "Wasted Time," "Rush Across the Road," and "Too Tough" contemplate love and relationships with a perspective that's mature and honestly heartfelt at the same time. There's less of an air of willful nostalgia about Rain than Volume 4 and the live set Afterlife, but it's still a potent reminder of Joe Jackson's lasting strengths as songwriter and bandleader, proving he hasn't run short on ideas nearly 30 years after releasing his debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431092121
  • Catalog Number: 10921

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invisible Man (5:07)
  2. 2 Too Tough (4:37)
  3. 3 Citizen Sane (4:20)
  4. 4 Wasted Time (5:10)
  5. 5 The Uptown Train (5:46)
  6. 6 King Pleasure Time (2:47)
  7. 7 Solo (So Low) (5:55)
  8. 8 Rush Across the Road (5:21)
  9. 9 Good Bad Boy (3:18)
  10. 10 A Place in the Rain (5:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Invisible Man
  2. 2 Wasted Time
  3. 3 Good Bad Boy
  4. 4 Making the Record
  5. 5 Interviews
  6. 6 Joe's Guide to Berlin
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Jackson Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Dave Houghton Drums, Vocals
Graham Maby Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Julie Gardner Engineer, Video Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike Maska Management
Ed Sherman Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    enjoying this on my mp3 player

    I just pulled this CD out for the first time in a few months, and found that I was enjoying it quite a lot. I liked it when I got it but it fell out of my rotation, and I couldn't remember if I had tired of it or what. it was refreshing to hear it again. the trio has a nice drive, I didn't miss the guitar at all. It has all the directness and passion of his best song albums. No real new ground, but at this point I think that's an advantage, JJ may have been pushing himself too hard with all his symphonies and fugues and song cycles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent CD, Copyright protected

    I'd love if I could play it on my PC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Honestly, I'd say I'm a bit bias having been a fan of Joe Jackson for awhile. This Joe is clearly more focused on his abilities as a pianist and lyrically, he still hits his stride with every word. The CD is a great joy to listen to and I highly recommend it for any one who appreciates good music.

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    Posted March 28, 2010

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