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Jakko Jakszyk's Secrets & Lies bristles with pain and thrilling invention

King Crimson guitarist Jakko Jakszy's solo album Secrets & Lies charts the sublime to the ridiculous

Jakko Jakszyk – Secrets & Lies
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It’s a rare talent that can throw their CV on the table and declare highflying periods with bands as far apart musically as Level 42 and King Crimson

One of those rarities is guitarist and singer Jakko Jakszyk, a man unafraid of leather trews and a blouse in his grandstanding Level 42 arena years and, later still, able to make a decent fist of David Bowie’s “Heroes” live, with Crimson’s Robert Fripp looking on.

Little wonder, then, that Secrets & Lies embraces Jakszyk’s pop instinct as well as material originally written with King Crimson in mind. 

Level 42’s Mark King and Van der Graaf Generator’s Peter Hammill both contribute, on an album that bristles with pain and rejection but still thrills with melody and invention. Especially good are the lingering The Rotters Club Is Closing Down and the frenetic and thrilling Separation.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.