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Further Complications

Jarvis Cocker

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With his Brit-Pop band Pulp and now as a solo act. Jarvis Cocker isn’t out to make anyone like him. Throughout his second solo album, he comes across as the creepy middle-aged guy whose carnal desires are first and foremost on his mind. But where he once hid his crass side in sweet, garish arrangements, he put no-nonsense engineer Steve Albini at the controls and the expected musical stripdown puts Cocker’s concerns front and center. The in-your-face garage rock of “Angela” lets you know the girl is about 23 years old and making $4.50 an hour but comes with a complimentary shower. Cocker claims he’s “profoundly shallow” within the surprisingly sultry Isaac Hayes / Barry White R&B groove of “I Never Said I Was Deep,” but his twisted wit tells us otherwise. “Homewrecker” features jamming sax that sends things back to a ‘50s sock-hop as it modulates to a new wave-inspired motion. “Slush” powers with a moody ruminative feeling that Cocker has wandered off on his lonesome to ponder his destiny, which includes lots of self-empowerment and chuckling indifference to his fellow man.

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Further Complications: The Genius of Jarvis Cocker

While I have a free moment, I wanted to express how absolutely great the new Jarvis Cocker album "Further Complications" is.  It is his second solo album, the first one in 2006 was just as great, but a little more mellow than this 2009 release. On Further Complications Jarvis kicks it up a notch, the volume, the instruments, the vocals, the intensity... pretty much all of it.  It definitely packs a punch, but don't worry, it's not to the point where it becomes unbearable or undanceable.  I've thought him to be a genius musically since 2006 when I first discovered the now disbanded Pulp (which he was the singer of) and emergence of his first solo effort titled Jarvis. Perhaps it is the brilliant writing, the feminine masculinity and vulnerability in the voice, the crooning, the ease, the flow, the discomfort, the simpleness... who knows?  There is something definitely there to be discovered... luckily with songs such as "I Never Said I was Deep" with a taste of metallic bitter irony, "Slush" (my personal favorite, and a top 5 of 2009 so far) that goes places musically long missing from the world of popular music and the closing song "You're in My Eyes (Discosong)" which yes, is in fact a disco song that is VERY comparable with the sound of ghosts closing out the bar at the end of a long night... beautiful. Though to me this is worth buying, to most it is an absolute DOWNLOAD or BURN simply because you MUST hear it.  I guess you'll either "get it" or you won't... but hopefully you will. Adam p.s. if you haven't heard Fantasies by Metric, Swoon by Silversun Pickups or Sounds of the Universe by Depeche Mode I also highly recommend those as well... just not as highly as the Jarvis record.

An album to rival Pulp's heyday!

Who says that Jarvis can't deliver the goods as a solo artist?! "Further Complications" is up there with anything Pulp ever did!

Totally Enjoyable

Jarvis Cocker has been listening to Graham Coxen, and that's in no way a bad thing.

Biography

Born: September 19, 1963 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Misfits have often been part of rock & roll, but of the many outsiders, few have been as clear-eyed, passionate, and savagely witty as Jarvis Cocker, a bookish, sex-obsessed English eccentric who became not just a star but a pop archetype as the leader of Pulp in the '90s. It's been impossible to separate Jarvis Cocker's story from Pulp — he was not only the founder, he was the creative force and the only constant member during the group's long, winding history. Winding down Pulp, as he...
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