by Joe Jackson Band

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When Joe Jackson reunited his original band after two decades apart, the potential for nostalgic nirvana was high -- as was the chance the whole thing would fall flatter than a badly timed soufflé. As this snappy 13-song collection -- recorded at four California dates on the band's 2003 world tour -- proves, things worked out just fine, with the principals picking up exactly where they left off way back when. Afterlife, as one might expect, concentrates heavily on songs from the earliest stages of Jackson's career, ranging from an adrenaline-charged "Sunday Papers" to a version of "Look Sharp!" that retains all the crisp edges of the original. Jackson touches on some of his breezier mid-period material to good effect as well, particularly on a sweetly swinging version of "Steppin' Out." Afterlife isn't without its fallow points -- the slick ballad "Love at First Light" lowers the energy level palpably -- but by the time the one-two punch of "Don't Wanna Be Like That" and "Got the Time" hits at disc's end, pleasurable exhaustion is guaranteed to take over.

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Release Date: 03/16/2004
Label: Rykodisc
UPC: 0014431066528
catalogNumber: 10665

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