Neptune Theatre University District
Thurs Feb 28, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
Over a four-decade career, England’s Joe Jackson has forged a chameleonic catalog that’s seen him apply his skillful musicianship and compositional verve to new wave, reggae lite, krautrock (“Steppin' Out” is sehr motorik), R&B, jump blues, jazz, salsa, and classical. So it’s kind of strange that he’s not accrued the same critical respect as similarly eclectic contemporary Elvis Costello, though Jackson’s commercial popularity undoubtedly salves that slight. Still, my favorite JJ is the one-two power-pop punch of Look Sharp! and I'm the Man, the twin 1979 LPs that established Jackson as one of the most formidable hookmeisters and relatable lyricists in the new-wave biz. For this tour, Jackson will perform material from five albums representing every decade of his career: Look Sharp!, Night and Day, Laughter & Lust, Rain, and the new Fool. Expect songs from other releases and new covers, too.