Rain - Joe Jackson
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  • Summary: Joe Jackson's first record in four years was recorded in Germany.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Ten very good to great songs, stamped with the signature of a musician who knows what he is about. That, kids, is what we used to call an “album”, and this is a very fine one indeed.
  2. The recent full-band reunion "Volume 4" was a small triumph, but Rain may be even more satisfying, since it’s the best work Jackson has done with a line-up that’s not strict-rock-band.
  3. The winsome 'Too Tough' is the best song here. Like with the rest of the album, it's a joy to deconstruct the song's craft (woah! Nice interlude!), but more of one just to listen.
  4. Rain revisits familiar Jackson themes of romantic disappointment and despair at the modern world with a pared-back immediacy that showcases his craftmanship to the full. [Feb 2008, p.96]
  5. 60
    Most tracks are sophisticated, jazzy pop songs and ballads about relationships, but the angry young man of yore occasionally peeps over the parapet. [Feb 2008, p.102]
  6. 60
    The emphasis on Jackson's piano is obviously no problem, but his focus drifts from the punchy pop that characterised its predecessor. [Feb 2008, p.81]
  7. 40
    Paring down his tuneful new-wave pop to a bare-bones piano-bass-drum lineup might not been the best idea for Joe Jackson. [Feb 2008, p.94]

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  1. JanC.
    May 3, 2008
    10
    Rain is a beautiful album. I have been playing it repeatedly since I saw Joe Jackson in concert on Monday. The piano on this album is great. I am coming to love every song on the album but my favorites right now are Rush Across the Road and Uptown Train. Expand
  2. Sep 18, 2011
    10
    My God! How does he do it?!! Over 30 years of songwriting and his muse continues to deliver. Most artists burn out, even the great ones, after a couple of decades. Joe Jackson is the most consistent, substantial, profound, and fun songwriter/performer since.... no one else. Sorry Sir Paul, but Joe had taken the throne. If you are already a fan of Mr. Jump N Jive, you already have this album. If you are reading this review and don't have the album, you are wasting your time reading this review. Go get "Rain" now and be amazed. He is the King. And it is King Pleasure Time!!! Expand
  3. GoodBadboy
    Mar 19, 2008
    9
    Any fan of Joe Jackson doesn't really need to read a review of the latest release. He or she knows it's going to be great. Joe just keeps writing and performing beautiful songs that never fit into any one genre neatly. Somehow, his style of being all over the place, taking from every musical culture, has become a style of its own. With each song, he gives back more than he has ever borrowed. This release contains 10 gems that are each as good as anything he has done before. Previous reviews have mentioned various songs as highlights. I really like them all, but I must declare there are three songs that I find to be Joe at his absolute best- The Uptown Train, Invisible Man, and the incredible Rush Across The Road. The cd could only be better (and get a 10 from me) if it had more songs on it! These wonderful ten songs left me yearning for more. I almost felt disappointed when the last song finished. Then I hit the repeat button. Expand
  4. Noreally
    Mar 31, 2008
    8
    Great album. The score of 69 does no justice to an album so well written and so well executed by a man who knows his stuff!
  5. TimM.
    Feb 6, 2008
    6
    At first blush, this isn't is best effort, despite using his best band. Repeated listens will likely reveal hidden pleasures. Sounds like the kind of record that will seed some great iTunes playlists in months to come. Expand