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Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson Releases Solo Album

October 13, 2011

After fifteen years in the public indie eye with the band Belle & Sebastian, vocalist and guitarist Stevie Jackson releases his first solo album this month.

With critics and fans alike, one says Belle & Sebastian, one automatically thinks Stuart Murdoch. We learn that with Jackson’s solo album, Jackson deserves much more credit than he receives.

Reminding one of the post Pavement bands (Preston School of Industry, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks), Jackson’s solo record sheds light on to what his role is with Belle & Sebastian.

(I can’t get no) Stevie Jackson can be compared to the 2002 Belle & Sebastian composed soundtrack for the film, Storytelling. “Scooby Diver,” sang by Jackson sounds similar to his new song, “Try Me.” The song also carries similar riffs to the Gentle Waves’ song, “Weather Show.” The Gentle Waves was Isobel Campbell’s solo band with Jackson playing guitar.

Stevie Jackson’s studio band is an all star cast and features members of Belle & Sebastian, The Pastels, The Company, Trembling Bells, and New Pornographers. We learn that Jackson has a lot of pull in Belle & Sebastian, as if Murdoch is the heart, Jackson is the soul. (I can’t get no) Stevie Jackson proves the Jackson is the man behind the newer Belle and Sebastian sound.

(I can’t get no) Stevie Jackson is a new Belle & Sebastian record without Stuart Murdoch. An unknown critic once stated that, “His songs are noticeably different from Murdoch’s compositions. They tend to be shorter and less introspective, opting for catchy 1960s-style pop more often than the folky melancholia that defined Belle & Sebastian’s early releases.”*

Jackson’s solo album provides the fact that is not this statement is not entirely true. Jackson’s compositions are at times a bit immature  and simple, as heard in, “Press Send.”

“Did you ever wake up after sending an email to a friend….female”

Yet, Jackson’s own work shines on “Just, Just to the Point”. A song that could define a new sound for him, and screams brit pop. “Where do all the good girls go,” is the typically 60’s pop, Jackson leads towards as heard in his Belle & Sebastian songs.

Overall, Jackson first solo record is his favored reproduced 60’s pop. The album is decent. (I can’t get no) Stevie Jackson could be considered as a new Belle & Sebastian album, just without Stuart Murdoch.

*this quote can be found on numerous websites, (Wikipedia, BBC) regarding the band, however no credit is given to a single author*

RM CRESSER © 2011 500 Rad Records

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