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  • Summary: Originally conceived as a series of four-track pop EPs recorded in different cities with different musicians, the British singer-songwriter released them in one full-length release.
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  • Record Label: earMUSIC
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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  1. Oct 9, 2015
    80
    There are touches of Warren Zevon in the title track and a smidgen of Squeeze in string-laden first single A Little Smile (from the Amsterdam session, which elsewhere features guest vocalist Mitchell Sink), but the lyrics are typically wordy Jackson fare and ensure continuity.
  2. Oct 9, 2015
    80
    Whether he is grappling with his confusion with the modern world in the searching title track, mulling the delightful aggravations of relationships on “If It Wasn’t For You” and the joys of making up on “A Little Smile,” or working up a froth on his rage, rattle, and roll version of Television’s “See No Evil,” Jackson is in peak form.
  3. Oct 9, 2015
    80
    If this isn't quite up to the standards of his '80s high-water marks like Night and Day and Big World, it comes close enough that longtime fans will find plenty to enjoy, and some bits that will challenge them.
  4. Nov 11, 2015
    80
    Fast Forward. is a glorious step back into the mainstream and a shining example of Jackson at his elegant, elegiac best. Both a look back and a solid move ahead, it could be considered among his best records yet.
  5. Mojo
    Oct 27, 2015
    80
    They draw from a practiced old hand's bag of tricks yet feel delightfully fresh. [Dec 2015, p.93]
  6. Uncut
    Oct 9, 2015
    70
    Here are smoky, jazz-pop elegies, era-defining homages and bittersweet, elegantly orchestrated ruminations, underlining Jackson's reputation as a maverick auteur. [Nov 2015, p.77]
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