The Present is the sixth and last studio album by British band The Jam. Launched on 12 March 1982, it reached #1 on the British charts. Clocking in at 32:17 minutes, the album obtained a blended reception from critics and followers.
The unique launch of the album was on 12″ vinyl, and preliminary copies got here with a paper bag stating “The Jam… A Present”. These copies are more and more troublesome to search out, particularly in good situation. Different points included the common vinyl challenge, the Japanese vinyl challenge (with a bonus lyric e-book), the CD challenge, the re-mastered challenge, and a just lately issued Japanese model in a mini-LP fashion sleeve.
The album moved away from the easy three-chord music of Within the Metropolis and This Is The Fashionable World, and the extra melodic All Mod Cons, Setting Sons and Sound Impacts, to reveal Weller’s love of northern soul. Funk bass strains and wah-wah guitar results have been typically used all through the album, together with jazz influences comparable to brass sections and saxophone solos (most notably on the monitor “Valuable”). Solely two songs on the album exceed three and a half minutes.
The most important hit of the album was “City Known as Malice”. The tune’s lyrics are an correct reflection of English life on the time, and cope with small-town points comparable to alcoholism, the battle to make a dwelling, unemployment and lack of services in small cities.
“Simply Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?”, which was launched as a 7″ vinyl single within the Netherlands solely, represents the efforts put in by 9-to-5 working women and men of Britain, who preserve society operating (and as such, are unsung heroes). Not like the sooner tune “Mr. Clear” from All Mod Cons, Weller doesn’t mock the character, however moderately praises him/her. Nevertheless, the character from “Mr. Clear” represents a totally totally different strata of society, the chief/higher administration varieties who would usually hound and in any other case make the character from “Simply Who Is The 5 O’Clock Hero?”‘s life troublesome.
Weller’s experimentation of a number of totally different musical kinds beforehand unexplored by The Jam on this album led to growing disagreement with the opposite band members, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, who have been disillusioned with the transfer away from a standard pub rock or punk rock fashion. The band broke up after touring the album (even after its huge success, rising to #1 on the British charts) on the ‘Trans-World Specific Tour’.
After the album’s launch, Paul Weller went on to kind The Type Council. The tune “Carnation” was later lined by Liam Gallagher of Oasis and Steve Cradock of Ocean Color Scene.
The Present is due for a deluxe launch in late 2012.
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