Christmas day is here.....after a wait that seems like a friggen eternity, From The Jam have released their debut album...I am VERY biased so to say that it is a 10 out of 10 will have to be taken with a grain of salt....yeah it really is that good though. Find it under Bruce Foxton...dunno why...Paul Weller from The Jam, and Style Council as well as Steve Cropper from Boooker T, as well as Ray Davies from the legendary Kinks make appearances on this album. So happy to see my heroes record a tremendous album!
Track One: Ride, a nice soaring instrumental that sets the pace nicely for the album
Track Two: No. 6, this has been on constant rotation for the last week. Nice hammond organ playing as well as hooks to die for!
Track Three: Don't Waste My Time, sounds like a Style Council song mixed with some classic Jam moments. Nice horns and Russel really stands out with some great guitar parts.
Track Four: Window Shopping, reminds me of Sound Effect era meets Funeral Pyre territory. Some cool psychedelic playing in this.
Track Five: Glad I Found My Tears, possibly my favorite on here. Haunting and sooo cool.
Track Six: The Wide Open Road, another instrumental (bookends for A side to start and the B side???) reminds of The Who...I could see this on Quadrophenia...riding your scooter along a seaside town, blaring this song...not a care in the world!
Track Seven: Find My Way Home, Bruce is singing this one, a tad Wilco style playing with the slashing style.....maybe Weller? Good but not the best song on here.
Track Eight: The Gaffa, Boogie woogie going on here. Man Russel sounds like Paul here...or is it Paul?
Track Nine: Drifting Dreams, moody, nice texture, sublime. Just beautiful. Russel was such a great add to this band.
Track Ten: Coming On Strong, Reminds of some of The Jam's better moments. Have to admit the drumming on this album is damn good too.
Track Eleven, Reflection, one of the more upbeat rockers here. Another Bruce sung song. Love it, kinda reminds me of The Gift era
Track Twelve: Senses Of Summer, Reminds me of Rubber Soul, White Album era of The Beatles....love this song!! Norwegian Woods????
Overall this is a great album. Sure there will be comparisons, but who plays on this would you expect anything less. Yes it does sound like The Jam and to my ears that is NOT a bad thing. Sound Effects meets The Gift in 2012. Please buy this, you will not be disappointed.