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Sound Affects (Remastered)

The Jam

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Sound Affects is the pinnacle of the Jam’s career, and the culmination of everything they had learned up to that point. For all the precocious brilliance of All Mod Cons and Setting Sons, those albums displayed a flawed ambition. Sound Affects is the first and only Jam album to expand the focus and articulation of the band’s best singles into an album-length statement. There isn’t a bad song here. The band’s myriad musical influences coalesce, and rather than taking a different direction in each song, every piece seems to share itself with the others. “Monday,” “That’s Entertainment,” and “Man In the Corner Shop” are wistful without ever becoming ballads, while “But I’m Different Now,” “Boy About Town,” and “Set the House Ablaze” are the apex of Paul Weller’s penchant for power pop. The sly Beatles adaption in “Start!” and the charging funk of “Pretty Green” are just two examples of the Jam’s musical maturity. No longer precocious chroniclers of wayward British youth, the trio entered adulthood with Sound Affects.

Customer Reviews

Sound Affects

Arguably their greatest album. Like every other album, by The Jam (or Weller for that matter), it has a sound all it's own. An absolute must have - but so is every Jam album. If you like All Mod Cons, you'll love this album. If you don't own one of their records, this is a great place to START!

Stop bashin u.s.a online

Great album (from an american) leave your b.s. at home.

Great Music

Great album start to finish from The Jam, I had to write a review for those people who have not listened to That's Entertainment one of the best songs ever written. That's Entertainment will sound better the more you listen to it over a long period of time.

Biography

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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