Jim Kerr - lostboy A.K.A Jim Kerr Album Review

Jim Kerr lostboy A.K.A Jim Kerr Album

Review of lostboy A.K.A Jim Kerr Album by Jim Kerr

Patsy Kensit's former squeeze gets all nostalgic for his previously cerebrally challenged 80's heyday and goes into the antique reproduction market. Jim Kerr, a.k.a Lost Boy! (Not aware that he had the name pre album inception, or whether he is trying to feed off (!?) the modern worlds seemingly insatiable appetite for all things vampire related) decides not to chase financial incentives down the reunion road, like so many before him, to release his first solo album. Oh dear!

If he'd Promised You A Miracle you'll be sorely disappointed because Lost Boy is definitely no Glittering Prize. Jim has left it a tad too late to launch a solo career. Still anchor man to one of the planets former top rock bands, Simple Minds, Jim Kerr was once in exalted company, filling stadiums on both sides of the pond and vying for Worlds Best Band kudos with the likes of U2. Still recording with a newly revised line-up to the band, their last offering being 2009's Graffiti Soul, James has decided to let his inner niggles of solo stardom take flight. Once Upon A Time it may have been a solid idea but unfortunately Lost Boy fails to Sparkle In The Rain and instead delivers Glaswegian drizzle. Not that any of this probably matters because to a Simple Minds fan who has failed to See The Lights the album will come as the realisation of a long, long awaited dream (New and Gold obviously) With 40 Million album sales in the bag, JK, is eager to show that he is very much Alive And Kicking.

The Sicilian Hotelier sticks pretty much to familiar territory going for overblown anthemic, stadium rock by numbers on a grand, and frankly preposterous, scale. Still living in the 80's and drawing on his bands influence as well as that of INXS, Killing Joke and Sisters Of Mercy, Jim fails to bring anything new to the table. Even happy to nick a few bars of 'In The Name Of Love' from his old foes, U2, in the intro to 'The Wait'. The content has not really moved forward either with talk of wastelands, back woods, falling skies, shadows and cataclysms set within songs titles equally dated, 'She Fell In Love With Silence', 'Refugee', 'Remember Asia' and 'Bullet Proof Heart' among them.

Lyrically you'd think Jim had enough experience behind him, as well as plenty of time, to conjure up some marvels, but it would appear not. From 'Shadowland' we get "Some people play the wild card, Some play the game. Once you surrender, there's no turning back again." Top of the "should have been shredded pile' however has to go to this choice lyric from 'Refugee'................."When your roof starts falling, there is no place to crawl in."

It's Life Jim, but not as we (now) know it.

Andrew Lockwood




Official Site - http://www.lostboyaka.com


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Dr Zemf

More verbal diarrhoea from a journo that doesn't have the balls to stray from the media herd that has written off Kerr / Simple Minds and their recordings for the past 20 years. Try saying something genuine for a change not just google their previous recordings and think you're clever adding them to your review, I sincerely hope your ramblings are voluntary, they certainly don't deserve payment. No doubt he thinks a song like 'Country House' by Blur is a classic. Simple Minds and Kerr deserve praise and respect for their input to music over the past 33 years not sixth form style ridicule... shame on you!!

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sutly

I totally agree with you, Dr. Zemf. For years and years nobody tried to write a positive review about Simple Minds / Jim Kerr, it is simply not in fashion, I suppose. I'll support JK wholehearted when he comes to Amsterdam, he has my respect and should be rewarded for all of his work for the music industry. A true musician, one of the few survivors!!

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Vatche

It appears to me that the reviewer is trying very hard to sound smart rather than actually review the album in which he fails big time and makes a total mess of everything.

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paulwesley

It constantly disappoints me wnen jim kerr or simple minds get slagged off - i honestly believe its like - oh i cant say i like them in front of my peers or they'll think i'm a wanker! Just cos jim went through a phase of being a bit up himself and maybe as a band being too political its not fair. They have produced some s**t music but not much - even on the so called worst albums there are amazing songs and music. Journalists and reviewers grow some bollocks and open your minds and ears and stop following the crowd. This band is well well above average and have created some fantastic music. Recently they have continued to do so. And long masy they! Wes

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paulwesley

Oh - and Andrew - you think that Jim's lyrics are maybe corny? Is that what you meant? Well reading your review, you inserting as many song titles as you could into it makes it so much more embarrassingf to read as i could ever imagine it was for you to listen to what is basically a good record.

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RooDee

Hope no-one actually paid Andrew Lockwood for that piece of journalistic tripe.

3 years 9 months ago
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crink

What a pathetic review, absolute c**t

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