Graham Parker , fellow angry Brit, sat this battle out, choosing to work with Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas instead. Both had been genre-hopping prior to , but Jackson 's Night and Day and Costello 's Imperial Bedroom announced to the world that both were "serious songwriters," standing far apart from the clamoring punkers and silly new wavers.
In retrospect, the ambitions of these two year-olds both born in August , just two weeks apart seem a little grandiose, and if Imperial Bedroom didn't live up to its masterpiece marketing campaign stalling at number 30 on the charts without generating a hit , it has garnered a stronger reputation than Night and Day , which was a much more popular album, climbing all the way to number four on the U.
Plus, Jackson plays up the comparisons to classic pop songwriting by lifting his album title from Cole Porter , dividing the record into a "night" and "day" side, and then topping it off with a neat line drawing of him at his piano in a New York apartment on the cover.
All of these classy trappings are apparent on the surface, which is the problem with the record: it's all stylized, with the feel eclipsing the writing, which is kind of ironic considering that Jackson so clearly strives to be a sophisticated cosmopolitan songwriter here. He gets the cosmopolitan, big-city feel down pat; although the record never delivers on the "night" and "day" split, with the latter side feeling every bit as nocturnal as the former, his blend of percolating Latin rhythms, jazzy horns and pianos, stylish synths, and splashy pop melodies uncannily feel like a bustling, glitzy evening in the big city.
On that front, Night and Day is a success, since it creates a mood and sustains it very well. Where it lets down is the substance of the songs. At a mere nine tracks, it's a brief album even by standards, and it seems even shorter because about half the numbers are more about sound than song.
Age," where Jackson mimics David Byrne 's hyper-manic vocal mannerisms. These all fit the concept of the LP and they're engaging on record, but they're slight, especially given Jackson 's overarching ambition -- and their flimsiness is brought into sharp relief by the remaining four songs, which are among Jackson 's very best.
There is, of course, the breakthrough hit "Steppin' Out," which pulsates anticipatory excitement, but the aching "Breaking Us in Two" is just as good, as is the haunting "Real Men" and the album opener, "Another World," a vibrant, multi-colored song that perfectly sets up the sonic and lyrical themes of the album. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. Release Date January 26, Track Listing. Green, Green Grass of Home.
Curly Putman. About this Item The eBay subject title can sometimes cut off important information regarding item listing details. The Sleeve Condition is Very Good Plus The sleeve may have light wear on the edges or minor sleeve splits, it may have very light visible circle wear or light wear and some minor creasing.
Other Comments. The Tracks of this item include: 1. What A Night 2. We Don't Live Here 3. No One Gave Me Love 4. Day To Day Affair 5. If This Is Love 6. I Wrote This Song 7. That's Where I Belong 8. The aspiring model was invited to watch the crooner sing at his show the next evening, according to the Daily Mail.
They had dinner together before spending the night inside his suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan. Do what you have to do. But she told him that his father did not want to know him, sending Jon down a difficult path of drugs, homelessness and destitution in later life.
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