Joe Jackson

Blaze of Glory

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A loose concept album about a second-generation rock & roller struggling to come to terms with maturity, Blaze of Glory holds together fairly well, as the story takes a backseat to individual songs. While that does mean that the concept is never fleshed out, the approach results in a handful of brisk, stylish pop songs -- including "Nineteen Forever" and "Down to London" -- that are more compelling than the story itself.

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