Jack (album)

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Jack
The main image is the artist in an upper body shot. He has his head turned to his left to look in that direction. His hair is short and brown with wisps of grey at his temple. He wears a dark coat over a dark shirt. Behind him is wall paper with a geometric design of tilted over-lapping white squares on a dirty, brown background. At the bottom right is the album name in large, white block capitals with the artist's name in smaller but similar style above it.
Studio album by
Released15 October 2010 (2010-10-15)
RecordedJuly–September 2010
Genre
Length43:14
Label
Producer
  • Ross Fraser
  • John Farnham
John Farnham chronology
The Essential John Farnham 3.0
(2009)
Jack
(2010)
The Acoustic Chapel Sessions
(2011)
Singles from Jack
  1. "Hit the Road Jack" / "Fever"
    Released: September 2010

Jack is the twentieth studio album by Australian singer, John Farnham. The album was released in Australia on 15 October 2010, and supported by a series of performances, John Farnham Live!. The album has seven new tracks and four cover versions of tracks by Eddy Arnold , Percy Sledge, Jerry Vale, Curtis Mayfield and Ray Charles. It peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart and, at the end of the year, it was certified gold by ARIA for shipment of 35000 copies.

The first single from the album, which made its digital and analogue radio debut on 24 September 2010, is "Hit the Road Jack"/"Fever" medley. Farnham performed it live on TV programme, The Footy Show (AFL). A teaser trailer for the album was posted to his official web site, and YouTube Channel on 23 September 2010.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Jon O'Brien from AllMusic rated Jack at two-and-a-half stars out-of five and observed, "Rejuvenated by his show-stopping duet with Coldplay at 2009's Sound Relief, Australia's most successful solo artist John Farnham, returns for his first new studio album in five years... [and] sees the former teen pop idol and Little River Band frontman embrace a previously hidden swing-blues side for the first time in his 40-year career."[1] adding "overall, Farnham ... just isn't the right one to sing these types of songs, while its hodgepodge of busily arranged covers and limp original efforts ensures that Jack is a lackluster comeback that fails to build on his recent credible endorsements."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Chooses You" (Laurie Lewis) (4:31)
  2. "You Took My Love" (Steve Booker, Pixie Lott, Karen Poole) (3:53)
  3. "Hit the Road Jack"/"Fever" Percy Mayfield, Eddie Cooley Otis Blackwell (4:21)
  4. "247365" (John Herron / Gregg Sutton) (3:38)
  5. "Nobody Gets Me Like You" (Glenn Cunningham) (4:04)
  6. "You Don't Know Me (Cindy Walker)" (2:59)
  7. "Love Me Like You Do" (Glenn Cunningham) (3:12)
  8. "Today" (Beth Hart, John Herron, Gregg Sutton) (4:42)
  9. "I'm the One Who Loves You" Stuart Hamblen (3:28)
  10. "Love Come Knockin'" (David Malloy, Gregg Sutton) (3:35)
  11. "Sunshine" (Glenn Cunningham) (4:52)

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010/11) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[3] 60

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[4] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c O'Brien, Jon. "Jack – John Farnham". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Australiancharts.com – John Farnham – Jack". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 January 2016.