Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson: Night Music

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Joe Jackson's second attempt at "serious" composition, Night Music is an insufferable song cycle about writers' block. Jackson's lyrics are ponderous and elusive, his vocals are smug and self-important, and the unmemorable, low-key music is stiffly executed on a dry, lifeless synthesizer. What sinks Night Music is the total lack of involving music. Will Power may have been just as indulgent, yet the album had the occasional interesting twist in melodic lines and arrangements. On Night Music, everything from the production to the performance sounds processed, devoid of any defining characteristics.

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