The Outer Marker As emotional breakdowns by white rappers go, "Snowflakes," by British newcomer Jack Allsopp, a.k.a. Just Jack, is a keeper: Built on Dre-style strings and Allsopp's… The Outer Marker As emotional breakdowns by white rappers go, "Snowflakes," by British newcomer Jack Allsopp, a.k.a. Just Jack, is a keeper: Built on Dre-style strings and Allsopp's… 2004-03-02 Just Jack
Music Review

The Outer Marker (2004)

Just Jack | CLEAN-CUT EMINEM He's just Jack
Image credit: Just Jack: Chris Clunn
CLEAN-CUT EMINEM He's just Jack
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 02, 2004; Lead Performance: Just Jack

As emotional breakdowns by white rappers go, ''Snowflakes,'' by British newcomer Jack Allsopp, a.k.a. Just Jack, is a keeper: Built on Dre-style strings and Allsopp's brooding rhymes, it's a mesmerizing, wintry sulk of a record, and one of the year's first great singles. The rest of The Outer Marker isn't always as arresting -- his middle-class soul-rap can be too clean-cut for its own good -- but the drum-and-bass pop of ''Triple Tone Eyes'' and the techno-folky ''Ain't Too Sad'' reveal a budding imagination at work.

Originally posted Mar 05, 2004 Published in issue #754 Mar 05, 2004 Order article reprints
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