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Jarvis Cocker has been making music for two-thirds of his life. Two dozen of these years (1978 – 2002) were spent in Pulp, a group with whom he enjoyed most of the experiences you can have as the singer in a band. First feted by John Peel and then ignored during the long Dole Years, the group eventually became the slowest overnight sensation during a heady period book-ended by ... Read more in Amazon's Jarvis Cocker Store

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B001VE2B2E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Second solo album from the former lead singer of Pulp. This album sees Cocker work with producer, Steve Albini, who has worked with The Pixies and Nirvana in the past. As a result there is more of a rock sound to certain tracks on this record. Tracks include the single 'Angela'.

The pairing of Jarvis Cocker and Steve Albini--the producer of this second Cocker solo outing--is an interesting one. Though known more for his hard rock sound (Nirvana, The Pixies and The Auteurs), Albini has also helmed LPs by the likes of Low and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. On Further Complications he helps Cocker achieve a neat balance of tough-edged Brit-rock, electro pop and searing soul. Opening with the rattling title track, Cocker swaggers through the buzzing "Angela", the loping, krautrocky instrumental "Pilchard", the energetic, sax-led "Homewrecker!" and the punky "Caucasian Blues". These impressive upbeat missives are offset by wry ballads like "Leftovers" ('I met her in the Museum of Paleontology / and I make no bones about it') and "I Never Said I Was Deep". Mundane tracks like "Fuckingsong" let the album down, but they’re few and far between and in any case redeemed by the wonderful finale "You’re in My Eyes,", a tune that returns us to Pulp’s disco/funk obsessions. --Danny McNamara

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. H. L. Lindsay on 2 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
After the marvellous, though melancholy 'Jarvis'which considered weighty topics such as fatherhood and globalisation, 'Further Complications' sees Mr Cocker back on familiar lyrical ground (sex,frustration, romanticism and poetic flights of fancy).
However, sonically it is quite a different affair- with the guitars turned up to '11' and some of the rawest, howling vocals Jarvis has done since 'This Is Hardcore'.
But he hasn't lost his ear for a heart-wrenching chord change. 'Hold Still' and 'Slush' (written in response to his recent trip to the Arctic) are simply beautiful.
'There's even a Barry White moment on the closing track 'In My Eyes-Disco Song', which could have been horribly cheesy were it not for Jarvis' mellow vocals.
The instrumental tracks such as Pilchard take a few listens, but after 25 years of songwriting, you've got to hand it to Jarvis Cocker for still daring to be different.
'Further Complications' may not sell by the bucketload, but I guarantee it will maintain your interest longer than most of the competition.
Stand out tracks:
'I Never Said I Was Deep'
'Hold Still'
'Further Complications'
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Being the British Pop Poet Laureate is a strange job. And whilst thankfully, The Jarv hasn't been appointed to write songs about royalty - for if he did, the first one would probably have a line about Charles being a tampon and Camilla having a crampon and Prince Harry, the Nazi - and all the other things we think but shouldn't say - he'd immediately resign. Or be hung.

The important thing is that Jarvis Cocker is still working - and not being rubbish at it. Whereas many contemporaries have drifted into lazy parody, Cocker is out there. Unlike Pulp, where the infusion of old-skool synths gave the music an instantly dated summer-of-1974 feel, here on the second record - "Further Complications" - Cocker goes for a different type of dating ; a throwback to an angry glam rock, built on Cro-Magnon guitar riffs and fuzzy, filthy bass.

The album is simpler than Jarvis previous work ; in the way that Nick Cave's "Grinderman" was still, obviously, Nick Cave ; albeit gutteral, more primal. "Caucasian Blues" is a rampage; Jarvis pushes the limits of his blues to a shredded howl - or as much of one that Cocker can produce.

Cocker is still in the gutter, still looking at the stars. The opening lines of "Fckingsong" encapsulate this : the musical version of Alex the Droog on his knees prostrate in front of the vision of desire, unable to touch. It's raw, eloquent, desire, the sound of a man who can articulate love but unable to experience it. The 17 year old who circles his love, but finds all their heart needs actually wants is an older lover with a job and a car. What the heart desires is Further Complications, the drama of passion and love.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fredthe3rd on 7 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I held off writing this review for a while because I didn't like it much at first and couldn't bring myself to write a negative review (He's my favourite musician).

It didn't help that I was busy staring staring into an abyss of despair at the time, then went and bought this album which has a theme of sex and death. The sex I didn't have a problem with but I found songs like Leftovers and Hold Still hard to listen to and still do (and to a much lesser extent Further Complications [the song] and Caucasian Blues). That's just me though - normal people may well like these songs (they've got good music and clever lyrics) - so basically I can't review these songs properly due to mental illness - bet you've never read that in an Amazon review!

I'm going to get what I don't like out of the way so I can end the review on a high. Slush is alright but not lyrically or musically anything to get too excited about - but I don't dislike it.

You're In My Eyes - I have a tendency to drift off when this song comes on and only remember it's playing when the ridiculous amount of feedback comes in at the end. Much better is the Pilooski Remix that was briefly available for free download from his website and I'm sure it can still be tracked down - this remix actually removes the choir which you'd think is removing the best bit but it's much catchier - and crucially shorter - more on that later.

So, the good stuff:

Fluffingsong is very catchy and lyrically very clever. The song is basically about how he's basically fluffing his fans sonically every time they play his music and how this is a perfect fluff and if he were to actually fluff you in real life it wouldn't be perfect and actually a bit rubbish. And messy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Whereas Jarvis' debut solo album found him mainly offering a watered down version of latterday Pulp, Further Complications sounds like the proper beginning of Jarvis the solo star.

It's all so obvious now. Stick Jarvis in a studio with Steve Albini and he turns into a British Nick Cave. The humour is still there in abundance, one-liners are delivered as clinically as ever, but Emperor Albini forces the bespectacled one to join the darkside. The spirit of The Stooges is revived by Homewrecker in a way that Albini never got to do with Iggy himself a couple of years back. Caucasian Blues takes no prisoners.

At the end of all this there's space for the uplifting disco finale of You're In My Eyes. Elsewhere, I Never Said I Was Deep is his best singalong anthem in over a decade - but that, I suspect, is purely by chance because this isn't a Britpop star trying to reconnect with the masses, this is a master of his trade telling the listener to put up or shove off. That being said, there's nothing complicated about appreciating Further Complications, it's some kind of return to form from the man whose form is the greatest British pop song of the 90s, Common People.

You only have to look to the current crop of conveyor belt indie stars to know they don't make 'em like Jarvis anymore.
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