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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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  • Vinyl (13 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B000JMKCUC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gavin Rayment on 16 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album takes you right back to classic 'This Is Hardcore' Pulp. Think 'Dishes' and 'TV Movie', from that album and you are about where we are here.

I think it will please most Pulp fans who liked that album.

I'm not sure why 'Running The World' is on after 30 minutes of silence at the end, a bit of a pain really especially as it is a stand out track.

Apart from that 'Heavy Weather', 'Don't Let Him Waste Your Time','Baby's Coming Back To Me' all stand out to me but this is a no filler album and I could have named others. Just don't expect big synths, those days ended in Pulp years ago.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Savine on 2 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A terrific album - the little melodic hooks coupled to those lyrics. The only artist who can make me laugh and cry, sometimes in the same verse, while making a deft political and social commentary on Britain in 2006. More power to your elbow Jarvis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. H. L. Lindsay on 9 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is a 'grower' in the best sense of the word. Rather than trying to hammer you over the head with it's greatness, this album un-expectedly creeps up on you until you are well and truly seduced by it's alternate honesty, sweetness and sharp wit.

It was recorded quickly, despite the LONG gestation time of Jarvis' ideas, and it's all the better for it, for Jarvis sounds fresher than he has for years. He's as up to the moment as ever with his lyrical concerns, but he also adds some less familiar,irony-free cooncerns about growing up and what drives us to be creative ('Black Magic').

Also, in these new wave of new wave times, it is a delight to find someone who is not afraid to write melodies.

Be patient and you will come to appreciate just how grest a songwriter Mr Cocker remains.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Roden-Bow on 13 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've only had chance to listen to this album once, but thought I'd note down some first impressions. Unsurprisingly, this isn't a return to Different Class-style Pulp - but it's better for it. The general feel of the album is perhaps closest to This is Hardcore, both albums sharing a darkly humorous air. The music is strong, but as is usual with Jarvis's projects, the real strength is in the lyrics which are as sharp as ever. It's difficult to choose a favourite track just yet, but Fat Children really ought to be released as a single.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner on 18 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Jarvis shows that less can be more. More sparse than Pulp's rather full sound. Composed and mature in it's outlook with rather minimal orchestration. Perhaps Jarvis is more at ease with himself nowadays now he is no longer so much in the public eye.

The ballads stand out for me. In particular, 'I will kill again' and 'Baby's coming back to me'. These are beautiful songs that could bring you close to tears.

I'm so pleased that Jarvis has come back with something very different to Pulp and has carved out a niche all of his own. Please don't put you pen down for so long next time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M on 26 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Jarvis Cocker's 2006 self-titled debut album contains a typical mix of sometimes light, but mostly brilliantly acerbic, lyrics, contained within a set of predominantly mid-tempo/ballad songs, with the odd rocker thrown in for good measure. Whilst not quite reaching the creative heights of Pulp's best albums (His n' Hers, Different Class and This Is Hardcore), Jarvis represents a sterling solo debut from this treasured bastion of the British music scene.

The album starts very strongly with the beautiful piano interlude of The Loss Adjuster (which is reprised later on the album), and then two highlight songs, the single Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, which has a brilliant lyric (written from a female perspective) warning would-be romantics against serial time-wasters, followed by Black Magic, a searing attack on religious believers. Stylistically, both of these songs are very close to the Pulp sound. Other standout songs for me include Disney Time, a tale of child censorship and containing the great opening lyric, 'How come they're called "adult movies" when the only thing they show is people making babies filmed up close?', and Big Julie, an extended lyrical soap opera with Jarvis doing his semi-spoken Shelagh Delaney impression. Lyrically (more than musically), other highpoints are Fat Children, a scathing anti-Chav (and obesity) rant, and From Auschswitz to Ipswich, where Cocker laments the general decline in western society and speculates that evil can originate from anywhere (the song title turning out to be particularly apt, since the Ipswich prostitute murders came to light just after the album's release). The album is also notorious for its hidden track, another Cocker rant entitled `Cu!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
....I didn't realise that Jarvis Cocker had released a Solo album until I caught a feature on the South Bank Show. Some of the tracks sampled on the programme were brilliant and I obtained the album the next day.

The second and third tracks on the album are the strongest ('Don't Let Him Waste Your Time' and 'Black Magic'). It's a shame that these weren't given more airtime on radio as they are very strong tracks and I almost felt cheated at not discovering them months ago when they were first release!

The rest of the album doesn't seem as catchy, but the tracks are still good. You might not put them on repeat as much as 2 and 3, but they are still worth a listen.

If there's an "Essential Jarvis Cocker" album released in the future one day, you'll definitely see tracks from this album on there.

It was great to re-unite my ear with a fellow South-Yorkshireman and see that he has matured but not lost his edge.
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