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  • Audio CD (April 4 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004T1NH
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Sleepless Intro
2. I Know What You Want
3. Can't Stop
4. Let Me Call You Baby
5. I Miss You
6. Somedays
7. Never Say Goodbye
8. She's Gone
9. Never Give Your Love Away
10. Baby I Adore You
11. I Remember
12. Don't Tell Me
13. Sleepless

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Sleepless

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The second disc by Toronto group Jacksoul offers a stylish visit to the old school of soul, albeit with some shiny new-school production values. Though Jacksoul's 1996 debut, Absolute, was more of a group effort, here Jacksoul seem less a band than a vehicle for vocalist Haydain Neale, whose slightly gruff and highly expressive voice recalls that of soul legend Bobby Womack. Neale wrote and recorded much of Sleepless in collaboration with the highly prolific team of Jon Levine and James McCollum, members of Toronto's Philosopher Kings who also record as the cartoon act Prozz"äk and made hits for teen act b4-4. It was Levine who wrote and produced Sleepless highlight "Can't Stop," which became ubiquitous on Top 40 radio thanks to its catchy combination of strummed acoustic guitars, an infectious trip-hop beat, and Neale's romantic expressions of everlasting devotion. Levine and McCollum's contributions tend to be more distinctive than Neale's more generic efforts, but Neale's slow-burning "Don't Tell Me" serves as a memorable climax for Sleepless. A sleek, slinky cover of Hall & Oates's "She's Gone" (co-produced by Levine and Toronto rapper Jelleestone) is another highlight on a disc that seems tailor-made for late-night listening. --Jason Anderson

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Can't Stop" elevates Jacksoul above run-of-the-mill Jan. 21 2005
By James Hinckley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album Oct. 2 2001
By Gilly Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoy this album. The songs are all good, very good in fact, and Haydain Neale has a great voice, perfect for soul music. I could listen to this album all day and never get tired of it. Even the hit songs never seem to get annoying to me, from being overplayed, unlike a lot of songs on the radio. I recommend this album highly. Anyone who enjoys Seal will love Jacksoul. The booklet doesn't have the lyrics, but there is a website address advertised in the booklet that has them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE Oct. 14 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THis cd is a must. He has the best voice and such a great album with some upbeat touches to it. Very relaxing and I cannot wait for another one of his cd's to come out. WHERES HIS CONCERTS, that would be a great show to see!
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad for those people who do not live near Canada... June 23 2006
By E. Varick Wettlaufer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you do not live near the Canadian border and are a U.S. citizen then you are missing some great music! I have been trying to get the time to get over the border to buy Jacksoul's albums and just have not gotten there yet...This band is infectious (in a very good way) and there are a lot of people missing this...
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless is a great album Nov. 22 2008
By John F. Tillman Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Soulful and Passionate lyrics give this album haunting songs that will stay with you long after you have stopped listening to it! But you will find yourself listening to it over and over again! I recommend this album to all of those who like great voices, arrangements, and lyrics.



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