2011: 15 of the Best. #12…

December 1, 2011

12. Stevie Jackson – Just, Just So To the Point

From: (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson
Released: October 22, 2011
Label: Banchory
Buy it: Here.

I’ve interviewed Stevie Jackson and I can personally attest to the fact that he’s a genuine dude, nice as hell, as sincere a music fan as you would hope he’d be and unflinchingly appreciative of everyone who consider themselves fans of something associated with him. There’s always a Stevie song to be found on a Belle & Sebastian album or single and it can be a nice diversion when Stuart Murdoch is getting a little too quiet and/or allegorical. Sometimes the detours are amazing (“Winter Wooskie,” “Jonathan David”), sometimes they’re fun (“To Be Myself Completely,” “I’m Not Living in the Real World”) and sometimes they’re just off (“The Wrong Girl”). With his first (awesomely titled) solo album this year, he basically compiled the lot—amazing, fun and off, although it leans a little more heavily toward fun and off. Anyone who’s listened to Belle & Sebastian for years can probably figure out what a solo album from him would consist of, but I have to admit that “Just, Just So To the Point” surprised me. Jackson still favors acoustic guitar-led folky ruminations on shyness, so to hear him go with an electric piano/fat bass-led groove that merges a love of John Huston movies with his own romantic experiences stood out like a sore thumb. It’s fabulous and it deserves some of your attention.

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