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Look Sharp! (Bonus Tracks) CD (2001)

Artist: Joe Jackson

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Upon its original release in January 1979, Joe Jackson's debut LP Look Sharp! emerged as a timely bridge between punk's confrontational aggression and the melodic accessibility of traditional pop. Particularly impressive was the album's popularity in America, where the edgy British acts that had risen in the wake of the punk explosion had thus far made little commercial headway. In that respect, Look Sharp!'s success can be seen as a pivotal cultural event, helping to open the door for the commercial breakthroughs of any number of left-of-center rock acts from both sides of the Atlantic. It isn't hard to see why listeners embraced Look Sharp!'s seamless blend of raw immediacy and savvy songcraft. "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" which eventually became a pop hit, remains a definitive outsider anthem, exemplifying the combination of seething anger and poignant humor that defined Jackson's early lyrical persona. "Sunday Papers" and "Pretty Girls" demonstrate the singer's knack for acid-laced social commentary, while "Happy Loving Couples" and the slinky, reggae-inflected "Fools In Love" encapsulate his acerbic-verging-on-misanthropic view of romance. The album sessions also yielded a pair of worthy outtakes, "You've Got The Fever" and "Don't Ask Me," which appeared, respectively, as the b-sides of the singles "Is She Really Going Out With Him" and "One More Time." Joe Jackson's evolution from Angry Young Man to inventive, boundary-crossing adult artist has yielded a remarkably diverse yet wholly distinctive body of music. But the stylistic and compositional innovations of the artist's work in the '80s and '90s doesn't negate the enduring impact of his earlier rock-based releases. Look Sharp! stands as some of the strongest, most personally-charged music of its era.


Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60495557
UPC 731458619420
UPC 14 00731458619420
Format CD
Release Date 8/14/2001
Author Joe Jackson
Actor Joe Jackson

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