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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the British singer-songwriter was recorded in Boise, Idaho and was co-produced with Pat Dillett.
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  1. Jan 16, 2019
    90
    It’s fair to say that songs like the sunny “Dave,” the shimmering “Strange Land” and the album’s final send-off, the alluring “Alchemy,” recall the best of Jackson’s cosmopolitan style, and each succeeds exceptionally well as a result. No fooling, Fool ranks among the best works of Jackson’s judicious career, and that’s a solid recommendation in itself.
  2. 80
    Even if Joe Jackson is no longer the mega-star of the ‘80s, it’s clear from the consistently innovative, often challenging Fool that he is far from a faded has-been. On the contrary, it’s good enough to suggest his best might still be ahead of him.
  3. Mojo
    Jan 16, 2019
    80
    He and his band sound focused and spry over eight beautifully arranged songs produced by Jackson and Pat Dillett. [Feb 2019, p.90]
  4. Jan 30, 2019
    76
    You have to make a dedicated effort to give it a couple of listens; no song immediately jumps out. But like a delicious meal, it’s worth chewing over slowly, savoring what each song brings to the palate, and each listen brings out something new. By the third spin, it will be like an old friend has joined you at dinner.
  5. Uncut
    Jan 16, 2019
    70
    With Fool, his focus is as much on method as material. [Feb 2019, p.27]
  6. Jan 16, 2019
    60
    If Fool doesn’t quite measure up to Jackson’s sterling early work, it’s still more concise and punchy than 2015’s Fast Forward and less self-consciously arty than his late-‘80s and ‘90s work.
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  1. Feb 6, 2019
    1
    Foolishness. This record is a mash without direction other than trying to recapitulate his yesteryear. Probably such because he hasn’t had anyFoolishness. This record is a mash without direction other than trying to recapitulate his yesteryear. Probably such because he hasn’t had any successful works since the 80s. Songs like Fabulously Absolute and Dark Cloud are almost unlistenable. The studio production is cold and over polished carrying an unnatural sounding glitter of stiff grooves embellished with cliche guitar riffs. Lyrically, its cheesy prose trying to be a smart ass, a rebel without a cause with a bank account. Sad, this collection of grabs just doesn’t sound sincere as earlier works, even Rain or his cute try with Ellington compositions. Expand