Volume 4 (Joe Jackson album)

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Volume 4
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Studio album by Joe Jackson Band
Released 11 March 2003
Genre Rock, pop
Length 44:06
Label Rykodisk
Producer Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson Band chronology
Two Rainy Nights
(2002)
Volume 4
(2003)
Afterlife
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Volume 4 was an album released in 2003 by British musician Joe Jackson. It was the first album to feature the Joe Jackson Band since the 1980 release, Beat Crazy, and it was Jackson's first rock 'n' roll album since Laughter and Lust, which was released in 1991.[3][4] As before, the Joe Jackson Band consisted of Jackson, Graham Maby, David Houghton and Gary Sanford.[5] It was released to moderately positive reviews. Rolling Stone rated it 3/5, stating that it was less visceral than his early-1980s music, but that "when it comes to edgy, sensitive-guy rock, he proves on Volume 4 that he still is the man."[2] AllMusic rated it 3.5/5, stating that "Volume 4 isn't as lively or vital as his first five albums, but it's also more satisfying as a pop record than anything he's done since Body & Soul, which is more than enough to make it a worthy comeback."[1] The album was followed by a lengthy tour.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Jackson.

  1. "Take It Like a Man" – 3:24
  2. "Still Alive" – 3:42
  3. "Awkward Age" – 3:22
  4. "Chrome" – 4:21
  5. "Love at First Light" – 4:08
  6. "Fairy Dust" – 3:47
  7. "Little Bit Stupid" – 3:28
  8. "Blue Flame" – 5:23
  9. "Dirty Martini" – 4:51
  10. "Thugz 'R' Us" – 3:23
  11. "Bright Grey" – 4:17

Limited edition bonus disc[edit]

A limited edition version of Volume 4 included a bonus CD of live material from the 2002 UK tour.

  1. "One More Time" [live] – 3:15
  2. "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" [live] – 4:12
  3. "On Your Radio" [live] – 5:15
  4. "Got the Time" [live] – 3:47
  5. "It's Different for Girls" [live] – 4:15
  6. "I'm the Man" [live] – 4:21

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2003 Billboard Top Independent Albums #8
2003 Billboard Top Internet Albums #297

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Abowitz, Richard (25 March 2013). "Joe Jackson: Volume 4: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Joseph (May 2003). "Joe Jackson - Volume 4 Review". Soundstage. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Biography by William Ruhlmann". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 4 May 2009.