Josef Woodard
November 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Night and Day II

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joe Jackson
genre
Pop

We gave it a B-

Joe Jackson continues braving the waters of conceptual post-pop, for better and worse, with Night and Day II. Loosely linked to his hit 1982 album, Night and Day, the new song set arrives with a theme — the agony-ecstasy of life in New York — teetering precariously, and sometimes preciously, on the line between musical theater and indigenous ”street” music. He enlists help from vocalists Marianne Faithfull and the artful Sussan Deyhim. The recognizable chord change from ”Stepping Out” creeps in, like a ghostly reminder of his pop life before Big Ideas started eating at him. B-

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