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Jackknife To A Swan


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  • Audio CD (June 21 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000068TZX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jackknife To A Swan
2. Mr. Moran
3. You Gotta Go!
4. Everybody's Better
5. Sugar Free
6. I Want My City Back
7. Chasing The Sun Away
8. You Can't Win
9. The Old School Off The Bright
10. The Punch Line
11. Go Big
12. S#%t Outta Luck
13. 7 Ways To Sunday

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By Lloyd on March 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD. The Bosstones go back to a mix of Ska and Skacore leaning more towards upbeat Ska instead of mostly distorted hardcore guitar stuff. I have been a Bosstones fan since I heard Don't know how to party in 94' and have all of their CDs now and I really think that this is the best of them all. If you like the bosstones but didn't like Pay Attention, try them out again, if your not a Bosstones fan check them out I think most Ska and punk/hardcore fans will enjoy it.
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Format: Audio CD
I can't take this cd out of my stereo! Unlike a lot of albums, with one or two good songs, this is one of the few cds that you can play all the through...and then play it over again.
Energetic and danceable, yet still spotlights their musical talents and credibility. You will find its also a bit of a theme album, for all you "Sopranos" fans out there...
I especially like "Mr Moran" and "Sh*t Out of Luck."
This is one cd you won't regret buying.
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By A Customer on May 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
C'mon people, how could you all rate this cd so high?? This is a pile of [junk]. I have been a huge fan of the band since the beginning. I saw trouble coming w/the disappointing 'pay attention'. That cd had 2 of the best songs the band has ever written, namely 'Let Me Be' and 'Riot down on broad street'. The rest of that cd was boring. This cd promised a 'return' to their roots. What a complete lie!!! If it was supposed to be a return to their roots then where are the heavy/thrashy skacore parts?????? There are none. 'Mr. Moran' is the only good song on the cd. I have given up on this once great band. They are more interested in appealing to the masses and forgot how to write good/memorable songs. This cd is a snooze fest.
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By The Greatest on March 28 2003
Format: Audio CD
Good to see one of the best bands of the 90s bounce back forcefully from their last effort, the forgettable "Pay Attention". By song:
1. A Jackknife to a Swan- Strong hard-rocking opener. Sets the tone for the rest of the album. ***** stars
2. Mr. Moran- Didn't like this song too much until I saw it done live. Now it's one of my favorites. ****1/2 stars
3. You Gotta Go!- Also featured on Warped Tour 02. Soon to be a classic. ***** stars
4. Everybody's Better- Reggae number a welcome change of pace from the harder opening 3. Kinda reminiscent of "Simmer Down." ***** stars
5. Sugar Free- Great high-energy track. Also on the "Atticus" disc. They opened with this when I saw them live a couple weeks ago. ***** stars
6. I Want My City Back- My favorite on this album. A lot of people unfamiliar with Boston wouldn't get it I guess. I like the Citgo sign reference. ***** stars
7. Chasing the Sun Away- Another great reggae track. VERY catchy. You'll be singing this for days. ***** stars
8. You Can't Win- Forgettable but not bad. ***1/2-**** stars
9. The Old School Off the Bright- GREAT drinking/party song. Second favorite on the disc. ***** stars
10. The Punch Line- Average. Not very memorable. **** stars
11. Go Big- Better. The chorus gets annoying after repeated listenings. ***1/2 stars
12. Sh.. Outta Luck- Last good track. Not as profane as the title would suggest. ****1/2 stars
13. 7 Ways to Sunday- An acoustic track that doesn't really fit with the rest of the album. Would've liked to see em finish strong (like with 1-2-8 on Let's Face It)*** stars
I definitely recommend this album if only for the first nine tracks. Buy it, and GO SEE EM LIVE!! Peace out.
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Format: Audio CD
As the first album released since their divorce from major label, Mercury Records, "Jackknife to a Swan" is proof that a band's label has an effect on the quality of music released. Unlike "Let's Face it" and "Pay Attention," this album is not over-produced or "glossy" from studion effects. The true style and overall vibe of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones shines through, and this could possibly be one of the greatest albums they've ever produced. And those are stong words, coming from a hardcore fan.
The Bosstones really go back their ska-core roots on Jacknife. Credited with coining the term for the hybrid of ska and hardcore punk back in 1983, the boys unarguably lost their edge on their previous mainstream releases. While those were more pop-oriented and tinged with radio-friendly melodies, Jackknife revisits albums of the past, such as "Don't Know How to Party" and "Question the Answers."
"You Gotta Go" hits you at the very beginning with solid, powerful horn lines and the energy of the guitar just carries you all the way to the end. "Mr. Moran," written about Sammy the Bull (who was arrested with John Gotti), takes you from the beginning with its sheer force. "Everybody's Better" takes it down a notch for a reggae-style song, but still retains the natural energy of the Bosstones (could it be the interludes of screaming?). In any case, the energy of this album remains a constant, which is hardly what anyone could say about the majority of popular music out today.
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Format: Audio CD
The members:
Dicky Barrett- VOCALS
Kevin Lenear- SAXAPHONE
Joe Sirois- DRUMS
Tim Burton- SAXAPHONE
Dennis Brockenborough- TROMBONE
Nate Albert- GUITAR
Ben Carr- BOSSTONE
Joe Gittleman- BASS
A little history about them, the band formed in 1985 in Florida. They called themselves the Mighty Mighty Bosstones because there was already a band from the 50's called the Bosstones, so they just put 'the mighty mighty' in front of it they first appeared on a album called 'Smashing up the nation'. They split up for about a year so some of the band members could finish high school, Nate Albert and Joe Gittleman. They recorded there first album called 'Devil's night out' on Taang records, a Boston label. Then they released a single for "Where'd You Go?" and the "Wher'd You Go?" EP. In 1992, "More Noise and other disturbances was released. On this album, they used two new horn players. In 1993 they signed with Mercury Records. That year they released "Ska-Core, the Devil and More." They also released "Don't know how to party" which has been their greatest success. In 1994, they released "Question the Answers". In the summer of 1995, they were one of the headlining acts at Lollapalooza. They also hosted MTV's 120 Minutes and performed live. In 1997, they released "Let's Face It" and their first single was "The Impression that I Get".
Personally I only have there first album 'Devils Night Out', and this one, 'A Jackknife to a Swan', and I love them both. I would say they are a Ska band hence the saxophones and trombones, but some of the songs are heavy in the guitar sense and Dickys voice is somewhat sounding like Metalica, This works in my opinion as it's a different sound of Ska.
But I will be trying to get more of there stuff.
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