Eskimo Joe
Inshalla


3.5
great

Review

by Jim USER (23 Reviews)
June 8th, 2009 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eskimo Joe deliver another safe and solid performance. As expected.

When Perth rock act Eskimo Joe released Black Fingernails, Red Wine in 2006, it's fair to say it took many people by surprise. While they had achieved success and garnered faint attention as creators of solid, catchy pop rock up to that point, the arrival of their third album well and truly cemented them as a consistent performer that demanded respect. While the album revelled slightly more in style than substance (something which Inshalla unashamedly shares), the strength of songwriting apparent throughout forced you to label the band as anything other than unreliable.

True to form, Inshalla arrives on the scene after a three year wait and delivers in very nearly the same way its predecessor did, the only difference this time being a weight of expectation. Considering this, it's no surprise that Inshalla treads safer water than anything else the band have done - remarkable given they have treaded relatively safe water since their beginnings. There is nothing here that hasn't been attempted before, whether it be by Eskimo Joe or anything in their older brothers' vinyl collections.

Sugary moments like the The Sound of Your Heart and the cute Falling For You are predictable yet adorable, while hopeful single Don't Let Me Down recalls INXS and Icehouse even more than their last album was accused of. With it's shouting harmonies and seemingly synthesised percussion, it proves an obvious tip of the hat to their idols and perhaps a cheeky response to those who so vehemently accused Black Fingernails of treading too close to its influences.

Things get serious with the string assisted ballad Childhood Behaviour, while opening single Foreign Land pays reverence to late actor Heath Ledger with Temperley claiming that he "smells the blood of an Australian" over an intrumentally commanding track. The title track also poses as a possible single choice, with its irresistable melody and a shout along chorus that would surely reach as many people as some of the band's past singles have done before.

If Inshalla has flaws - which it does - it is certainly guilty of losing a little steam in the final stretch, with the last section of tracks tending to meld into one. The album as a whole is perfectly inoffensive however, and Eskimo Joe get away with it by simply sticking to what they do best, and having its audience never expect anything more. It's a desirable position for a band to be in, but Eskimo Joe have earnt it through quiet consistency and a general ability to hang around and deliver the goods. Inshalla certainly delivers the goods.



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rasputin
June 8th 2009


14550 Comments


ugh

Meatplow
June 8th 2009


5524 Comments


I'm quite fond of that song that has been playing on the radio for quite some time now. It's a big step away from the early Eskimo Joe though.

Jim
June 8th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think they've lost a certain intimacy that they had, but they still write catchy stuff. the new song grew on me big time

Douglas
June 8th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad we got a James Bishop review on this, good work mate. Pos'd

I love this album, which I was surprised at since I wasnt the biggest Eskimo Joe fan.





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Jim
June 8th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the pos

they tend to fly under the radar a little, which can afford them the right to be undaring i think, which this is.

how much does "don't let me down" sound like a classic 80's pop track??

Douglas
June 8th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I know, I think what caught me was how they tried something different.

So 80's!

Spare
June 8th 2009


5313 Comments


was hoping this would be more like a song is a city (you know... good). probably won't bother with this.

Douglas
June 8th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thats your loss then

Jim
June 8th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if you didn't like their previous album, you probably won't like this. although the sugary moments here are a little closer to a song is a city, it's still stadium-lite at heart.

Douglas
June 9th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am still trying to figure out what the heck the instrument is at the start of Foreign Land, some Turkish jargon apparently

Vooligan
June 9th 2009


3541 Comments


oooh yay a Jim review.
I've heard all of these guy's singles and they're fairly catchy although they don't make me want to go and get their albums.


Jim
June 9th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the love billy

the joe's last three albums are solid as hell pop rock. get black fingernails

Douchebag
June 9th 2009


3624 Comments


"it is certainly guilty of losing a little steam in the final stretch, with the last section of tracks tending to meld into one"

So many "mainstream" Aus rock albums suffer this fate, annoying as hell. I'm not the biggest fan, but I will probably pick this album up.

Douglas
June 9th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also Jim, Foriegn Land IS a direct tribute to Heath Ledger.

Read here:http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,28383,25599702-7484,00.html

EDIT: Sorry, you did lay claim it was, my mistake.

Vooligan
June 9th 2009


3541 Comments


i shall do that after my exams.

taylormemer
June 9th 2009


4917 Comments


Ah good. Forgot about this.

Jim
June 9th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also Jim, Foriegn Land IS a direct tribute to Heath Ledger.

Read here:http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,28383,25599702-7484,00.html

EDIT: Sorry, you did lay claim it was, my mistake.


um...thanks for the clarification??

Douglas
June 9th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha I didnt read the line correctly, I thought you said might have referance.. my bad

Jim
June 9th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol thanks for the link, though. interesting little read

Douglas
June 9th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it is, didnt realise they were there at the time.



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