Review - Night and Day

Artist: Joe Jackson

Night and Day
Label: A&M/Chronicles
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Night and Day

For a time, Joe Jackson existed as a sophisticated anomaly to the "pump it up" power pop of the '70s to '80s zeitgeist, pounding an unhip piano beneath complex rhythmic layering and wearing a suit at the same time. He was Vince Guaraldi, Billy Joel and Elvis Costello rolled into one droll American perspective, incorporating influences like suits he didn't care to wear. And, charmingly, his whining (at times grating) vocal delivery served a dose of "nyah nyah" to his pools of furrowed observation. "Night and Day," revisited here as a double disc with outtakes, demos and live renditions, is a frantic passport of an album, featuring signature hits "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us in Two" among such kitchen-sink adventures as "Target" and "Chinatown." A towering accomplishment it is, too, if still a little bit hard to get your head around.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.