Still only 25, Luke Jackson’s fifth studio album is another set of his genre hopping songs performed in his remarkably soulful, deep brown voice. On ‘Journals’ Luke’s guitar is ably assisted by Andy Sharps on Bass and Elliott Norris on percussion, with occasional help from guest piano, but the focal point is always Luke’s charismatic vocal.
Immediately, Luke starts displaying his range of styles, ‘Honeycomb’ takes a blues route to ‘dream of something sweet’, ‘Home’ is a soulful ballad and ‘Aimee’ is a country tinged piece about a fleeting meeting. A tongue placed firmly in cheek produces ‘Cherry Picker’ about slow love – ‘nought to thirty in half a mile’- in his hydraulic crane to a strong blues rock groove. ‘Baby Boomers’ is just Luke and his electric guitar riffing on the state of the world, while he shifts to gentle guitar and piano for ‘A Queen In Her Own Way’, a lovely song for his late Grandmother. The only cover is a nicely reflective take on ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?’, Sandy Denny’s rather overdone classic. ‘Journals’ is an excellent album from a very special singer with a great repertoire, fully confirming his star potential beyond the folk scene.
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