There haven't been many songs like "Can't Stop" by Jacksoul over the last 20 years. Literally reeking of obsession, the song is a throwback to the great rock and soul music of a bygone era that dealt with this universal (but now taboo) subject in a way that everyone can understand. "Have you ever loved something so bad?...I start scaring myself/I start to question my own mental health..." "Sometimes I feel like we're soldiers marching forward, forcing onward." This is frightening stuff. This isn't some guy with a crush. This is right up there with "Elusive Butterfly," "Goin' Out Of My Head," or "I (Who Have Nothing)"-it describes that moment when the line between pleasure and pain is finally, irrevocably blurred, and it's one of the best singles of the last decade. It deserves comparison with the classics listed above, and if there is any justice, it will one day attain that same type of classic status itself.
Sadly, there is little or no justice (as the beleaguered narrator of "Can't Stop" can already attest), and Jacksoul's popularity is confined to Canada, which is a shame. In a country that has room for one homogenized teen pop "sensation" after another, Jacksoul will likely be forever ignored due to the similarity of this music to that of Seal. Too bad, because Haydain Neale has a fine voice for the (mostly above-average) material that makes up the remainder of SLEEPLESS; given a transcendent song like "Can't Stop," it is as powerful an instrument as you will hear on a modern record. Don't believe "Can't Stop" can possibly be THAT fantastic? Give it a spin, and I promise you'll understand. For anyone out there with unrequited love burning in his/her heart, "Can't Stop" is essential listening.