Jim Noir (born 1982) is the stage name of Alan Roberts, an English singer-songwriter from Davyhulme, Greater Manchester. He has released four albums to date, 2005's Tower of Love, 2008's self-titled LP Jim Noir, 2012's Jimmy's Show and 2014's Finnish Line, as well as a number of EPs. Noir's stage name is in homage to Vic Reeves, whose real name is Jim Moir. His early releases, including Tower of Love as well as all of the preceding EPs, were self-recorded at his parents' home in Davyhulme, Manchester.
On Jim Noir, it's like a second helping of a particularly good meal. Or more specifically, a second giant cupcake with a big glop of frosting on top. The songs are just as bubbly, the lyrics reach acceptable levels of silly (CDs vs. vinyl, going on a holiday, and having songs stuck in your head are some of the topics covered) and Noir generally sounds like he's having the time of his life making this album. The only problem with the record is that there are no stand-out tracks like Tower of Love's "My Patch" or "Eenie Meenie" to be found. If the third album comes out sounding exactly like this, we may need to re-examine Mr. Noir and his bubble machine, but for now it's enough to frolic giddily in the froth.
Jim Noir is the self-titled second album by Manchester based t Jim Noir. It was released on 8 April 2008. 3 Critical reception. Interviewed by KCMP's Mary Lucia live from Austin, Texas music festival South by Southwest on 13 March 2008, Noir half-jokingly described the album as another homegrown thing, made in my very own bedroom – 12, 13 delightful tracks made from my soul, not too plastic. Everything by Jim Noir.
Jim Noir, Davyhulme's commander-in-chief of playful electronic pop, has created a curious testament to retrofuturism with his second album, which dashes between the primitive sounds of Joe Meek and Raymond Scott, the harmonies of a Blackpool-bound Beach Boys and the aural oranges and browns of the 1990s lounge revival. When this time-travelling works, it dazzles: Happy Day Today is a perfect, dreamy pop song, Welcome Commander Jameson bubbles with the clout of the Kinks, while the instrumental closing tracks shimmer with synthesised melancholy. But elsewhere, its perkiness wanes quickly,.
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Maybe not his best album to date and there might not be any stand out songs (Happy Day Today comes darn close though) but Jim Noir is still Maybe not his best album to date and there might not be any stand out songs (Happy Day Today comes darn close though) but Jim Noir is still an inspiring listen.
|1||Welcome Commander Jameson|
|3||What U Gonna Do|
|4||Don't You Worry|
|5||Ships And Clouds|
|6||Happy Day Today|
|7||Look Around You|
|8||Good Old Vinyl|
|9||Same Place Holiday|
|10||Day By Day By Day|
|12||On A Different Shelf|
- Performer [Everything By] – Jim Noir
NotesPrinted CD-R Face art.
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|MY020||Jim Noir||Jim Noir (LP, Album, Ltd, Ora)||My Dad Recordings||MY020||UK||2008|