“This Is The Modern World” by The Jam - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1977Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Hot on the heels of “In The City” came album no.2 from The Jam, with much more of the same, although the songs weren’t quite as strong to my ears. Opener “The Modern World” was the sole single to be released from the album, albeit with more radio friendly lyrics. Weller’s cocksure swagger as he takes a swipe at critics, seems to imbue Foxton and Buckler with added va-va-voom and it’s infectious. Alas, this proves to be a false dawn and very few of the tracks on this set get near it for power. At this stage, they seem determined to hang on to those hard and unimaginative 60s-based riffs, although there’s a glimmer of hope that there is a “new” Jam lurking here and there – “Life From A Window” jumps right out musically and poetically, with stop-start stuttering rhythms and excellent multi-layered bass, lead and rhythm guitar work. “Staring at a grey sky, trying to paint it blue, teenage blue” is just perfectly pitched, as Weller begins to reveal that there’s more to him than plain anger. That said, he “don’t give 2 fucks about my review”. Quite right Paul, glad to hear it.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:29] 8.5.png The Jam - The Modern World (Paul Weller) Punk
A2 [01:47] 5.8.png The Jam - London Traffic (Bruce Foxton) Punk
A3 [02:28] 5.9.png The Jam - Standards (Paul Weller) New Wave
A4 [05:52] 7.7.png The Jam - Life From A Window (Paul Weller) New Wave
A5 [02:19] 7.4.png The Jam - The Combine (Paul Weller) Punk
A6 [03:38] 6.1.png The Jam - Don’t Tell Them You’re Sane (Bruce Foxton) New Wave
B1 [01:30] 5.9.png The Jam - In The Street Today (Paul Weller, Dave Waller) Punk
B2 [02:38] 6.5.png The Jam - London Girl (Paul Weller) Punk
B3 [02:40] 5.9.png The Jam - I Need You (For Someone) (Paul Weller) New Wave
B4 [03:27] 6.0.png The Jam - Here Comes The Weekend (Paul Weller) New Wave
B5 [03:00] 6.6.png The Jam - Tonight At Noon (Paul Weller) New Wave
B6 [01:50] 6.2.png The Jam - In The Midnight Hour (Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett) Proto-Punk

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