Joe Jackson was one of the great songwriters of the late-’70s/early-’80s new wave era, and he’s stayed active ever since. Jackson is now getting ready to release Fast Forward, his first album of originals since 2008’s Rain. The album has 16 songs, and Jackson recorded four of them in four different cities — New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, and New Orleans — with local musicians backing him up in every city. First single “A Little Smile” comes from the Amsterdam sessions, which Jackson recorded with the Concertgebouw orchestra and members of the band Zuco 103. It’s a grand, stately song with some Berlin-era Bowie running through its veins. Listen below.
Fast Forward is out 10/2.