It was back in January that Joe Jackson announced the release of his 20th studio album, and is set to drop on January 2019.
The album: Fool, will be an eight-track LP and will be the follow up to Jackson’s 2015 release Fast Forward. The release of this new album also co-insides with the 40th anniversary of his smash debut album, Look Sharp.
Jackson said of the new release: “When it looked like I’d be recording in late July and mixing around my birthday, in August, it struck me that the only other occasion that had happened was while making my first album,” Jackson said in a statement. “It still took a while for it to sink in: This would be 40 years on … ”
Joe also said that the “road to this album is littered with the wrecks of songs and half-songs that didn’t make the grade. There are eight survivors, which I think is enough. … I never have an overall theme in mind when I start trying to write songs for an album, but sometimes one will develop. In this case it’s Comedy and Tragedy, and the way they’re intertwined in all our lives. The songs are about fear and anger and alienation and loss, but also about the things that still make life worth living: friendship, laughter, and music, or art, itself. I couldn’t have done this in 1979. I just hadn’t lived enough.”
Check out the video for his first single, “Fabulously Absolute,” below: