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Sound Affects (Remastered)

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Album Review

Unhappy with the slicker approach of Setting Sons, the Jam got back to basics, using the direct, economic playing of All Mod Cons and "Going Underground," the simply brilliant single which preceded Sound Affects by a few months. Thematically, though, Paul Weller explored a more indirect path, leaving behind (for the most part) the story-song narratives in favor of more abstract dealings in spirituality and perception — the approach stemming from his recent readings of Blake and Shelley (who was quoted on the sleeve), but more specifically Geoffrey Ash, whose Camelot and the Vision of Albion made a strong impression. Musically, Weller drew upon Revolver-era Beatles as a primary source (the bassline on "Start," which comes directly from "Taxman," being the most obvious occurrence), incorporating the occasional odd sound and echoed vocal, which implied psychedelia without succumbing to its excesses. From beginning to end, the songs are pure, clever, infectious pop — probably their catchiest — with "That's Entertainment" and the should-have-been-a-single "Man in the Corner Shop" standing out.

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The Jamが大きく変貌を遂げた一枚!前作で名実共に#1英国ロックバンドになったPaul Wellerが仕掛けた意欲作!「Man in hte Corner Shop」は英国史上にその名を残す素晴らしい名曲です!


 疾走するギター、跳ねるリズム隊という高揚感あふれる「ジャム・スタイル」を確立した前作「Setting Sons」から一転、サイケデリックな意匠を纏った新たなサウンドを展開した通算5枚目。ウェラーによるビートルズの「リボルバー」再発見の影響は「Tax Man」の印象的なベースラインを拝借した先行シングル5に顕著に表れているが、全体的にメロディーに重きを置いた楽曲が多く、ウェラーの全キャリアの中でも屈指のメロディーを誇る。中でも2や8,10などは既に古典としての風格を漂わせている名曲。そして白眉は酔っぱらったウェラーが10分で書き上げた6「That's Entertainment」の存在。たった2つのコードで作られたメロディーに載せて歌われる労働者階級への慈愛と諦念。超名曲8と並んで彼の全キャリア中最高傑作であると断言しよう。客観的に見ればアルバムとしての完成度という点で★1つ減点だろうが、個々の楽曲の放つ魅力は★がいくつあっても足りない。絶対必聴。


Formed: 1975 in Woking, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Jam were the most popular band to emerge from the initial wave of British punk rock in 1977; along with the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Buzzcocks, the Jam had the most impact on pop music. While they could barely get noticed in America, the trio became genuine superstars in Britain, with an impressive string of Top Ten singles in the late '70s and early '80s. The Jam could never have a hit in America because they were thoroughly and defiantly British. Under the direction of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter...
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