(1984) Jermaine Jackson (Expanded Edition)

Jermaine Jackson

... read moreAfter nearly eight years as a Motown solo act, his career was punctuated by false starts and major, sporadic hits. Jermaine Jackson, his first album for Arista, is his first since 1982's Let Me Tickle Your Fancy, and has him doing a slickly produced variant of the R&B/pop his brother was making...

01:16′:30″ 15 Songs

1
Dynamite
Jermaine Jackson
6:02
2
Sweetest Sweetest
Jermaine Jackson
4:06
3
Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)
Jermaine Jackson
4:22
4
Escape From The Planet Of The Ant Men
Jermaine Jackson
5:04
5
When The Rain Begins To Fall
Jermaine Jackson
4:06
6
Come To Me (One Way Or Another)
Jermaine Jackson
5:17
7
Do What You Do
Jermaine Jackson
4:46
8
Take Good Care Of My Heart
Jermaine Jackson
4:15
9
Some Things Are Private
Jermaine Jackson
4:05
10
Oh Mother
Jermaine Jackson
4:48
11
Sweetest, Sweetest (Special Us Remix)
Jermaine Jackson
5:24
12
Come To Me (One Way Or Another) (12" Remix Version)
Jermaine Jackson
5:24
13
Do What You Do (12" Remix Version)
Jermaine Jackson
5:42
14
Dynamite (12" Version)
Jermaine Jackson
7:45
15
When The Rain Begins To Fall (12" Vocal Version With Breakdown)
Jermaine Jackson
5:24
Released 14 April 1984, ℗ 1984 Sony Music Entertainment

Review

After nearly eight years as a Motown solo act, his career was punctuated by false starts and major, sporadic hits. Jermaine Jackson, his first album for Arista, is his first since 1982's Let Me Tickle Your Fancy, and has him doing a slickly produced variant of the R&B/pop his brother was making sound effortless. The biggest hit here, the jaunty "Dynamite," mixes smooth R&B with a hint with a new wave-ish rhythm and synth patterns that has his ingratiating tenor sounding strong and confident. The percolating and infectious "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)" is a duet with brother Michael Jackson. The song attains a well-produced L.A. pop/R&B sound, and has the nervous energy, if not paranoia, of other like-minded Jackson family performances. In the reunion vein, "Escape from the Planet of the Ant Men" features the Jacksons. With its mind-boggling premise and over-production, it all but obscures the fact that it's one of Jackson's strongest vocal performances here. As a devout fan of Marvin Gaye, the artist also has a few romantic moments here, too. The sultry "Do What You Do" boasts a strong arrangement and Jackson's persuasive vocals. "Take Good Care of My Heart," a duet with Whitney Houston, has the two having good chemistry. The last track, "Oh Mother," is an emotional and spare ode that has Jackson's voice at times resembling Art Garfunkel. While Jermaine Jackson's not a perfect album, despite the ground covered, it is a strong one. [The CD was later released as Dynamite in 1984, minus the track "Take Good Care of My Heart."] ~ Jason Elias