Thanks to the modern era of streaming music, discovery is truly at our fingertips. As such, (I Can Get Me Some) Stevie Jackson, even though I have no idea who he is. Yes, thanks to the “always accurate” Wikipedia, I can see Jackson calls Scotland home and is a singer and guitarist for the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian. That's about it, but no-one has ever said that you need to be familiar with an artist to enjoy their creative output. As such, let’s get into the review of Stevie Jackson's first, and only solo album, (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson.
Pure Of Heart has a gorgeous musical introduction, but Jackson's vocal presentation takes a little getting used to. That said, following repeat listens, it really grows on you and is very relaxing to listen to. The hook, throughout, reminds me fondly of another song, but I'm at a loss as to what it could be. It just sounds familiar. I’m thinking something from John Lennon's catalogue, but I just can't put my finger on it. Regardless, Pure Of Heart is a fantastic song to commence the album with.
Just, Just, So To The Point is a brilliant indie-pop tune. The rhythm is poetry in motion and Jackson's smooth, yet fast, vocals are exquisite. Without a doubt Just, Just, So To The Point is one of my favourite songs on the album.
Try Me shifts the album to a more indie-rock style with a touch of punk. There are sections of Try Me that remind me of Skyhooks. It’s a solid song, with an energised beat.
Richie Now is a song that could have come straight out of the 50s or 60s. That is a positive viewpoint, by the way, and while Richie Now slows the album down again, it doesn't feel out of place. A beautiful song!
Dead Man's Fall is glorious and reminiscent of Julian Lennon's style on Photograph Smile. I could listen to Dead Man's Fall on repeat for hours. It’s a rather basic composition but is masterfully recorded.
Bird's Eye View reminds me of a lullaby from my childhood. Again, as with Pure Of Heart, I just can't place it. Nevertheless, it is a solid vocal-ballad that will appeal to those interested in that genre. The bicycle sound effects during the song work really well in transporting the listener directly into the song. I mention this as it feels as though these types of techniques are becoming a lost art form. It's good to see some artists are still intent on creating a work of audible art.
Man Of God is a song I haven't been able to get into. It's a B-side and despite fitting adequately into the style of the album, it is just a little too unstructured for my liking.
Kurosawa is addictive, once it gets going. Although, I must admit I dislike the intro.
Where Do All The Good Girls Go? has a definite Beatles’ groove. Not a bad thing as I love that style and this song is what I imagine The Beatles may have sounded like if they stayed together. A fantastic song that is modern yet belongs in another era. I love it!
Telephone Song is a lovely vocal-focused song that is recorded beautifully. Without a doubt, one of the best songs on the album.
Press Send is a rather campy love song. It's not bad, but it's definitely a B-side.
Feel The Morning is a thoroughly relaxing song and that duelling vocal is beautiful. When I hear music of this calibre, I just want to explore everything else the artist has done. However, this album was released in 2011 and there hasn't been a follow-up solo album yet. Such a shame!
If I Can't Help Myself is the perfect way to close the album. It's a beautiful song and compels me to listen to the album again.
(I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson is exceptional from start to finish and despite not connecting with a couple of songs, as a body of work, all songs work extraordinary well with each other.
The recording, mixing, and mastering is beyond reproach. The stream from TIDAL Hi-Fi is all anyone would ever need, but I’d love to get my hands on the vinyl release as it's not only worth owning, but it's worth supporting an artist that is this talented and brings so much joy to my life every time I listen to the album. Plus, I really like the artwork and would love to have it on a larger canvas.