tempobet yeni adresi
like this album classics review

01/10/2015 : JACK - The Jazz Age

JACK

The Jazz Age

MusicAlbum Classics
GlamrockIndie

[86/100]   

Too Pure
01/10/2015, Didier BECU

We could fill our pages with thousands of indie records that never made it and that were largely ignored by the public, but this one is really different. In the 90s Too Pure was one of the finest indie labels with a wide range of artists who were floating between art rock and (well, some of them) post rock. Stereolab and of course PJ Harvey are the sole acts who were bigger than the club circuit, while most other acts could only please reviewers and a handful of people (God knows how many times I stood in an empty venue watching Moonshake!)

Jack was on that label too. This seven-piece band was lead by troubadour Anthony Reynolds, a former journalist who thought it’s cool to wander at night through the streets of London and thinking about Fellini and Nabokov. Reynolds always cited Scott Walker as his big inspiration, but on their albums (The Jazz Age is their second one) Jack sounded more like a mixture of The Divine Comedy and Suede. On Pablo (yes, a song about Picasso) you’d swear that Brett Anderson is doing the vocals, just like My World Versus Your World that is in fact like Suede with a lot of bombast. The music might be labelled as art rock (and in a way it is) but a song like 3’o clock in the morning (with a real symphony as intro) is just Tindersticks at its best, while Nico’s Children is dark indiepop with a touch of Gallon Drunk (that other forgotten, genius band).

The label expected a lot of them (we guess Too Pure was just thinking that they had the next Brett Anderson), but despite an intense tour all over European venues where no one showed up (believe me, I was there), they were dropped by the label. Jack released a third album on the French division of Les Disques Du Crépuscule and for a while Jack even became Jacques, but at the end Reynolds returned to his roots and continued to write. His biography of Leonard Cohen is worldwide a best seller, but at the same time it’s a shame, as his style might be pompous, Jack however is one of the best indie acts you (probably) never heard.

Didier BECU
01/10/2015


Music reviews

12
05
NUOVO TESTAMENTO
New Earth
11
05
THE RORSCHACH GARDEN
Dangerous Isolation Site
07
05
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX
Ellengæng
06
05
INSTITUTE FOR THE CRIMINALLY INSANE
Classic Chevrolet
05
05
PESCH
Melba
22
04
PINK TURNS BLUE
There Must Be So Much More

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

15
05
On this day, 31 years ago, British post-punk band Wire released their 7th studio album Manscape
13
05
Today it’s exactly 24 years ago Nine Inch Nails released their The Perfect Drug (Versions) EP!
11
05
Today it’s been 34 years since NITZER EBB released their legendary debut album That Total Age!
10
05
Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell release outstanding 'Burn' LP.
08
05
41 years ALAN VEGA · MARTIN REV or THE SECOND SUICIDE ALBUM!
07
05
This month it’s been 43 years since Kraftwerk released Die Roboter / The Robots!

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

20
04
TERMINAL SERIOUS
I ask myself time after time: can love still save us?
15
04
BLEEDING RAVEN
Never really took myself serious... still don’t...
12
02
DIVE
We All Can Ask Us The Question ‘Where Do We Go From Here?'
10
02
RAYMOND WATTS (PIG)
'It’s not a re-discovery. It’s finding the way in to let the stuff out...'
02
02
JOHN 3:16
I regularly come across animal remains at various stages of decomposition. That started to affect me, and that's where the concept of the record was born.

PHOTOS

15
04
FAD GADGET
Mean Fiddler, London, England
25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

15
05
THE ARCH
Dark Room
14
05
CLOCK DVA
The Hacker
13
05
BULLET HEIGHT
Hold Together
12
05
GERTRUD STEIN
U-bahn
11
05
DEAD WHEN I FOUND HER
Downpour
10
05
CHRISTINE PLAYS VIOLA
Sentenced to fall
09
05
WANT/ED
(You) Won't Regret