Here at Contact Towers we're always fascinated by the multi-various uses of the word "Interesting" when referred to a new release, often it's a nudge-wink metaphor for it being rubbish, over hyped or just plain weird: In short these days it's the last domain of the sarcastialist.
Well, today our campaign to restore the real meaning of interesting to the world of rock criticism begins. It's going for context to be fought on the grounds of sanity and tradition, a bit like the activism carried out in the name of those folks who're after the restoration of Christmas, but we promise you that it'll be much more, uhm - well, interesting than that.
'Starfire' is Jaga Jazzist's fifth proper studio album and the main reason why we want the I-word returned to its normal place in the British public lexicon. There are other adjectives we could use to describe its quintet of pieces - fascinating, absorbing, even exhilarating - but we don't get paid by the word here, and the Norwegian octet (By the way we've also been DYING to use that word for years) deserve to be recognised by the most meaningful handle for their music, which we're not ashamed to tell you is the epitome of that undoubtedly appropriate adjective, interesting.
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