Steven Mirkin
August 02, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Joe Jackson: Greatest Hits

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joe Jackson
Producers
A&M
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B-

This somewhat overly evenhanded compilation (like a musical all-star team, there’s at least one song from each of his albums) tries to balance Joe Jackson’s first — and best — discs, Look Sharp and I’m the Man, with his later excursions into jump blues, lounge jazz, and R&B. Intended to showcase his eclecticism and range, Greatest Hits instead reveals Jackson as a dilettantish ersatz Sting. B-

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