Jackknife to a Swan
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After six studio albums under their skinny leather belts, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones have found themselves back at an indie label. The perplexing part of this equation is these once and future rude boys from Boston have never sounded better or more ready for prime time; their metal-ska punk has been honed to a fine, serrated edge, with much of the furious posturing of years past gone. Always a tight and flashy band, this time out the Bosstones have spent considerable time crafting a set of dynamic lyrics that are cinematic in scope, with a barely hidden moral center that shines brightly. Most of the tunes are small narrative slices of life that might have been "ripped from the headlines," like the gritty, ska-infused "Mr. Moran," based on the life of Mafia turncoat Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Bravano, who testified against mob boss John Gotti. The dark subject matter is skillfully integrated in the almost childlike sing-song delivery, with the occasional explosive expletive as reality check and a nod to subtle irony. Others tunes are cautionary tales, like the hard-charging "You Can't Win," which warns that there are different rules for normal folks and rich types: "They're wide awake while you're still in bed / They count the money while you count the sheep." They return again to this theme of the eternal war of "us versus them" on the acerbic "Punch Line," finally settling all questions of personal inequity on the poetic and uplifting "Everybody's Better." This standout song could have ambled off a Jamaican beach, with its casual rhythms and breezy horn section, but once again behind the deceptively simple melody lies profundity: "To be king, you don't need a castle A true king rules without a crown." On this album, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones truly earn their second modifier and show themselves more than able rule all that they survey. --Jaan Uhelszki
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
A Jackknife to a Swan: 10/10, one of the best songs on the album, a perfect way to start, it has a really catchy chorus
Mr. Moran: 10/10, written about Sammy the Bull Gravano, the infamous mafia boss, another excellent song, has some really good lyrics, and Lawrence's guitar playing is realy strong on it
You Gotta Go: 9/10, first single, sounds somewhat like their other singles, ie.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by Lloyd
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... Read morePublished on July 11 2003
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. Read morePublished on May 5 2003
This is the most well balanced Bosstones CD yet. I was familiar with the Bosstones "hits" like Where'd You Go for a long time before Let's Face It pushed them onto MTV. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by EDK
1st things first, this cd is incredible. I'm not the biggest 3rd wave ska fan,but this is really good. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by Jayskatanic
I bought this album after hearing 'You Gotta Go!' on TV and 'I Want My City Back' and 'The Punch Line' on 'Another Round Of Golf Vol 4', and I instantly loved this album. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by Angela M. Healey
i am a total tones fanatic, and i can honestly say that i think jankknife to a swan is their best work yet. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2002 by Jamie
bosstones come thru with another hard-hitting album, returning to their hardcore roots now that they've lost the baggage of a major label. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2002