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The Jam very easily could have been the premier British punk band - one only needs parse through one of their ‘greatest hits’ compilations to hear that talent. It’s not that they’re now deprived of respect, but rather that their work never quite measured up against Joy Division or The Clash or Wire’s in such a way as to deem them the clear number one. This record, probably their best, is a premier example; its ‘almost-but-not-quite’-ness sort of feels like self-sabotage. Jam frontman Paul Weller has opined Sound Affects to be the Jam's best album. [2] Influences [ edit ] Larkin, Colin (2011). "Jam". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th conciseed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8. The cover art is a pastiche of the artwork used on various Sound Effects records produced by the BBC during the 1970s. In 2006, Q placed Sound Affects at number 15 on its list of the "40 Best Albums of the '80s". [21] In 2013, NME ranked Sound Affects at number 487 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. [22] In 2020, Rolling Stone included Sound Affects in their "80 Greatest albums of 1980" list, praising the band for crafting their "finest album", while encapsulating "the classic English songcraft of the Kinks and the Small Faces, singing about working-class anger". [23] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. [24]

Sound Affects (liner notes). The Jam. Polydor Records. 1980. POLD 5035. {{ cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) ( link) Weller’s lyrics were also more human and approachable. Several times he makes self-deprecating reference to his 'star' status (Boy About Town) and also the acceptance of the healing power of love (But I'm Different Now). Only on Set The House Ablaze (which sounds like an out take from their previous album, Setting Sons) does he sound like he’s treading water.

Top Selling Albums of 1981 — The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Recorded Music New Zealand . Retrieved 1 February 2022. Another terrific review of another terrific Jam album. Sound Affects has always been my favorite because of its musical and lyrical consistency (with one glaring exception, which you note and dismiss as appropriate) and the brighter production is a good choice for an album referencing Revolver — which is my favorite album by anyone ever. The denser production of Setting Sons wouldn’t have worked as well here. I would give a bit more credit to Set the House Ablaze, probably the most propulsively angry anti-fascism song ever recorded, but you are right that Weller’s vocals do get a bit buried in the mayhem. He is much easier to understand in the equally fiery live version on Dig the New Breed. Sheffield, Rob (1995). "Jam". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp.195–96. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. The boy responds with similar disdain, reflecting Lennon’s take on the insanity of modern existence: “Everybody seems to think I’m lazy/I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy/Running everywhere at such a speed/’Till they find there’s no need”: The 80 Greatest Albums of 1980 What came out of all this was, arguably, the greatest year for great albums ever". Rolling Stone. 11 November 2020 . Retrieved 12 November 2020.

I’m not convinced with this remaster. Unfortunately its been a while since I heard an original but I dont recall that sounding as thin as this does. Its my favourite Jam album as well as one of my favourite “post-punk” albums full stop, so I think I’ll invest in an original and see how they sound together. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrateded.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p.153. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Another great piece of writing about one of the best bands ever. Can’t argue with anything you say here. I remember when this album was released and feeling a bit let down by it, especially since it followed the amazing Setting Sons. I also recall being disappointed with Start’s obvious Taxman ripoff. Still, there are some excellent songs on this album as you point out. I was fortunate to see them live shortly after this album was released and it remains the best concert I ever saw – absolutely amazing music.


British album certifications – The Jam – Sound Affects". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved 14 November 2020. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Sound Affects in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter. Vote up content that is on-topic, within the rules/guidelines, and will likely stay relevant long-term.

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