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Just Jack is the alias of 27-year-old Brit Jack Allsopp, whose debut album, The Outer Marker, offers subtle but intelligent social commentary. The album starts with "Let's Get Really Honest," a Baldwin Brothers lounge track complete with silly vocal samples, but soon delves into the sort of social consciousness that much soul and funk from the 1960s and '70s had. Think Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Sly and the Family Stone. "Paradise (Lost & Found)" recalls fellow British social commentator the Streets, but offers female harmonies that recall Janet Jackson's landmark Rhythm Nation 1814, released in 1989. "Deep Thrills" plays with Latin guitars and the sounds of waves crashing, almost like Candy Dulfer's 1991 smooth-jazz-but-oddly-intriguing "Lily Was Here."


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