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Further Complications [CD]

Jarvis Cocker Audio CD
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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: 17,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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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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Nel tour promozionale per il suo primo album solista (Jarvis - 2006) l’ex frontman dei Pulp aveva preso l’abitudine di concludere i suoi set con una cover. Nell’unica data italiana fu la volta di Satellite of Love di Lou Reed, altrove toccò a qualche Bowie o Prince d’annata concludere gli show, fu piuttosto singolare pescarlo su youtube…a suo completo agio in una convincente versione di Shot By Both Sides dei Magazine eseguita a Manchester, addirittura un'inattesa batosta emotiva invece vederlo sfidare le naturali leggi della fisica con versioni (peraltro ben riuscite) di Paranoid dei Black Sabbath, Eye Of The Tiger dei Survivor (sì quella di Rocky III) e Purple Haze di Hendrix. È stata probabilmente questa la scintilla che ha acceso il ghiribizzo rock-oriented del nostro, come ha tenuto a precisare nelle interviste per la presentazione del nuovo disco : “lo scorso anno siamo stati invitati al Pitchfork festival in Chicago, qualcuno ha suggerito di provare nuovi brani nello studio di Steve Albini, volevo che il nuovo disco fosse più un sforzo di gruppo rispetto al predecessore, abbiamo sviluppato le canzoni in studio, catturando quello che era lo spirito della band al momento”. Prodotto da Steve Albini agli Elecrical Audio Studios di Chicago, Further Complications è il nuovo lavoro dell’ex ragazzo di Sheffield, disco disomogeneo, tanto nell’umore quanto nella tracklist, uno scombussolato susseguirsi di ballate ipnotiche, spruzzate soul e 4/4 di rock "duro e puro"; Angela, il promo mp3 in downloa

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mojo working 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The British Pop Poet Laureate Triumphs Again! 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I have to say first of all congratulations Jarvis on a fantastic album, `Further Complications' is awesome. I swear I had it in my cd player for days and days; I couldn't stop playing it... lovely! There is real personality in this work. I love the divine `I Never Said I Was Deep' it's gorgeous and is followed nicely by the rocky extroverted `Homewrecker' but my favourite by far is `You're In My Eyes (Discosong)' I can barely believe how listenable this song is. WOW! Good-on-you Jarvis! Thank you very very much. X X X
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 23 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
The 2nd album from Jarvis is another piece of brilliance. Strong, catchy tunes with clever lyrics, as down and dirty as some of the best Pulp tracks. A joy to own, and sitting on repeat on both my MP3 player and hi-fi. Rock with Angela and the title track, sigh along with the beauty of Hold Still and Slush, dance away the night with You're in My eyes (Discosong)but whatever you do, buy this glorious music and enjoy...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but it
Be glad that Cocker's has unretired himself such a unique voice has returned at full power. The question of whether it will be any better received commercially than Pulp's final... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by James Hindley
3.0 out of 5 stars JARVIS 2
Not quite up to the standards of the first album but still well worth buying if your a pulp and jarvis fan!
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Eliot howley
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality Assurance Let Down Again!
I was looking forward to hearing this release after Jarvis's excellent first solo album but the poor sound quality on this vinyl pressing (rather veiled & woolly) has destroyed... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by Derek C
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but definitely worth your time
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). Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by fredthe3rd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album from Mr Cocker
Really enjoying this album, especially Discosong and Angela. Good for any trip in the car.
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by Ms. A. Manders
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear...
I have to agree with the negative reviews here.

This is the album I always feared Jarvis Cocker might make.

Self indulgent, turgid, boring... Read more
Published on 8 July 2010 by M. Saxby
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complicated Boogie!?
With a flap of his arms and a wiggle of his rear, Jarvis struts his way through this self assured album. Up there amongst the best releases of 2009. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2010 by SMcQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I really like it
Dunno about you, but I like a bit of despair and anguish in my music every now and again and Jarvis has served up both here in his own inimitable way and produced an absolutely... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2009 by Spookluke
1.0 out of 5 stars So average
Jarvis Cocker continues to trade on his one good song, Common People. This is dull. Lyrically embarrassing and, as ever, musically lacking. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by Mr. P. F. Mcsorley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the envelope
The sheer fact that this album has divided opinion so much for me, signifies what a triumph this record is. First listening had me wondering what on earth Jarvis was up to. Read more
Published on 9 July 2009 by Mr. M. L. Hawes
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