Jacknife Lee

Jacknife Lee

He’s the man who turned Snow Patrol into U2, Bloc Party into Snow Patrol and U2 into a slightly less crap version of themselves. But as with other super-producers, too many hours hunched over Pro Tools darning the pop of others has lead Jacknife Lee to catch the stardom bug himself. Oh dear. An ability to blend dance and rock in a way that didn’t scream: “LOOK, I’M BLENDING DANCE AND ROCK” was what first brought Lee to the industry’s attention, and he extends it here, spinning songs which straddle that quicksand border elegantly. Trouble is, they’re not very good. He plays to his strengths – hyper-compressed guitars and drums that sound bigger than Jesus and The Beatles combined – but his lyrics come down firmly on the dance side of pigswill, and apart from the nihilistic menace of ‘Fear Of Nothing’, his baritone half-talking-half-singing-thing is like hearing that milestone in popular annoyingness, Xpress 2’s ‘Lazy’, 10 times over.


Gavin Haynes