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Joe Jackson: RainRain (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Roughly five years after he returned to the punk/ska/pop hybrid that made him famous (and interesting) on pseudo-comeback record Volume 4, Joe Jackson has slipped back into the role of “boring old man” on new album Rain. Like Volume 4, it features the original Joe Jackson trio that turned out such great pop-rock records as Look Sharp! and I’m the Man, allowing for some solid playing among the three members. But while bass player Graham Maby thoroughly explores the space afforded three-pieces and drummer Dave Houghton stays steady and assured, they can do little to liven up the dull arrangements Jackson has come up with on this new record.
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