How do you follow up a critically acclaimed award winning album? It’s a question that’s been asked of many musicians over the years, but not many face it as consistently as Luke Jackson. Here is an artist that has won many awards for his music, from emerging talent to album of the year, and yet he has always managed to step up with each new release. Journals was a sensational album, deservedly winning our Album of the Year for 2019, but how do you follow that up in a world that seems to have stopped spinning?
Keeping himself busy, productive and sane, Jackson has crafted a release that perfectly captures the experience of Pandemic life. In just seven tracks he has captured the maelstrom of emotions that have swept up many of us; bewilderment, sadness, anger, and occasionally, a little hope. Of The Time is well named, with all the songs being written between March and November 2020, and in the hope that they will soon lose relevance, now is the right time to let them loose into this crazy existence.
Some of these may be familiar, having been released as online/downloadable singles. Retrain was nominated for our Track of the Year, and it’s easy to see why. Inspired by the wretched comments of those in power, it’s a song full of sorrow and gentle fury, and about the importance of music and art. The simple truths echo on long after the song has finished.
I Am Not Okay With This was released last summer, after being written in the early days of lockdown. During a period when a number of songs were about the pandemic, some with messages of hope, others filled with anger, none quite captured that sense of bewilderment and disorientation as well as Jackson. At its heart, the simple I Am Not Okay With This was frankly something we could all relate to only so well. This is where Luke Jackson truly excels, capturing the incredible depth of emotions and translating what so many of us are feeling but could never put into words.
There are so many superlatives you could throw at Of The Time, but they’ve all been used for his previous releases so we’re running out of anything new to say. If ever there was time for a misstep or an album that didn’t quite live up to his back catalogue, surely this would be it. Instead Luke Jackson has gifted us with one of the most important and essential releases I’ve heard in quite some time.
I could talk about the musical genius (and I don’t use the word lightly) of Luke Jackson all day, but instead I’m going to listen to Of The Time again, and I rather urge you to do the same.
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