The Jam – Sound Affects (1980)
When I reviewed All Mod Cons, I became a casual fan.
After immersing in Sound Affects, I’m a believer.
I’m reluctant to acknowledge individual tracks as the record works so well as a package.
The guitar and bass tones are exemplary throughout, that perfect middle ground between clean & crunchy. Drummer Rick Buckler’s contributions are also nothing less than integral.
There are many glowing adjectives I could use to convey my appreciation of this record. Instead, I’ll attempt to explain my gratitude through another homemade visual aid.
Inspired by Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, last time I made a map to draw connections among UK artists from the last 50 years.
Listening to Sound Affects, I realized the Tube’s well-known catch phrase aptly describes The Jam’s role in music history perfectly: Mind the Gap.
Many are quick to connect the dots between The Kinks and Blur, The Beatles and Oasis. That’s an oversimplification though: without The Jam, there’s a musical gap between the British Invasion and Britpop.
With The Jam, the gap is bridged/minded nicely.
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