For many years I have been a fan of the superb Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, the band whose sound and jaundiced view of the world defined the nineties for me.
It was only recently, and with some surprise, that I found that Pulp have been around since the late seventies, and that they had released three albums prior to their breakthrough `His `n' Hers'. This album, released in 1987 is their second recording, and is an excellent album as well as an interesting artefact of music history.
Their first album, It, was quite light in tone, though starting to show the slightly cynical songwriting that would become Jarvis' trademark. This album sees the band move quite a way from their original sound, and into the territory that they would so successfully occupy in the next decade. It's dark and moody, it's at times angry, it's concerned with the world around it and not just girls. It's pretty good, with heavy indie rock sound that would later mellow with more experienced production into the complex sound of their heyday. It's a bit of a class album, not quite as good as their later stuff when they were truly masters of the univers, but pretty good nonetheless. 4 stars.
This 2012 reissue from Fire records ticks all the boxes. As well as the original 10 track album, there is a whole second disc of 11 bonus tracks including all their contemporary singles and B sides, an excellent set of liner notes and it boasts a superb remastering that makes it sound really fresh and clear. Excellent.