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And Other Stories - Jack & The Beanstalk

Labels:Spinning Top / Parasol Records
Released:1996
Highlights:Amnesia
Angeline (Mad About Sally)
10, 000 Sunny Days
Star
(I Want To Be Like) Ray Davies

Rating: 8/10


Jack & The Beanstalkís debut album, And Other Stories, not only fulfills the potential they showed with their debut 7 Inch, Gram Parsons (which was only demos) but easily exceeds it. And Other Stories is textbook Australian power pop that is just not full of loud power chords and catchy choruses, as the opening three tracks; Doggy, Amnesia and in particular Angeline (Mad About Sally) would attest. Take a listen to the wonderfully joyful 10, 000 Sunny Days, the sad folk-rock of Star or the Kinky (I Want To Be Like) Ray Davies and youíll see there is more depth to this album that one might initially expect. This is topped off by Joe Algeriís truly magnificent voice to create an album that both fans of rocking and jangly power pop will love.


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