For seven years Joe Jackson has not released an album with his own songs. In between there was only a tribute to the great Duke Ellington. In the past decades the Brit has poached in different districts: He tried everything from pop to jazz to classical music. Fans of his filigree songwriter pop were frightened away by this bottomless versatility with increasing duration - even though his last original song cycle "Rain" is still underestimated today. That "Fast Forward" would become such an inspired, wonderful, in its versatility surprising "song album", however, would probably not have expected even the greatest admirers of his art.
With their two albums "Aquarius" (2010) and "Visions" (2011) the London band Haken documented their amazing variety of styles. With these she quickly became a secret underground tip. Two great gigs at the "Night Of The Prog" festival also contributed to putting the band on the radar screens of demanding prog fans.