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This Is Hardcore Pt. 1 (US Import) + His 'N' Hers + Different Class
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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000009GDU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Johnson on 14 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Uncomfortable is probably the best word to describe this album. It's not always an easy listen, the sonics of the production tend towards the treble on a great deal of the songs and gone is the shimmering pop sheen of A Different Class (which to be honest I think was overrated, His 'n' Hers being a "purer" version of the same ideas.) It's really worth getting hold of some of the singles from around this time as the b-sides such as The Professional, Champagne Socialism and Ladies Man are better than some of the songs on here and really spell out Jarvis' dissillusion and dissenchantment with the pop world he had spent so long trying to enter. There are times on this album when you feel Jarvis whispering in your ear and it so often sounds like a broken man crying for help but feeling strangled. It's not pleasant but it's definitely more soulful than the formulaic work they had started to produce in the wake of Britpop. Musically, despite what the other reviewers say, I think that Pulp changed completely with this album and never returned to anything approaching their previous sound. The songs are generally much slower, rockier in a more traditional sense, with Bruce Springsteen and Elvis being evoked throughout the album in the guitar and vocal work. It feels as though they were consciously trying to escape everything that they felt was expected of them, regardless of the results, which is why some songs don't really work. The following album saw them relax a bit more into the new territory they were charting for themselves but this definitely felt like we were losing them and that's why it's such a great album. It's a bit like The Stone Roses' Second Coming, ironically, as Pulp made a leap up the ladder on the back of The Roses disintegration. You won't listen to it everyday but it's worth a spin if you're in the right mood.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By orac101 on 9 April 2002
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How do you follow the multi-platinum selling, perfect pop of Different Class? Well, you can wave bye bye to that gold disc and release your darkest collection of songs to date. That's exactly what Pulp did with This is Hardcore. It may have been considered a commercial "flop" by some insiders, but their loss was very much our gain. This is Hardcore is undoubtedly Pulp's finest collection of songs. It's depressing, funny, sad, despondent and uncomfortable to listen to if you are approaching that difficult age of 33. This is a moody, almost sleazy album in places and it's all the better for it. Different Class had an instant appeal to it, but I quickly lost interest.Two years on, Hardcore is still essential listening. That's the biggest compliment you can give to any album, if you still play and treasure it months after the hype has faded. It took a few listens for me to fully appreciate this album, but it soons hit you. Practically every listener will identify with the opening track The Fear. A tale of missed opportunities and panic attacks when everything goes horribly wrong. It all rings so true, and Jarvis knows it. Helped of course by the fine melody, the album touches on many fears but you sort of laff because Jarvis delivers his lyrics like some stand-up comedian. Other highlights include Helped The Aged and the title track which is aided along the way by strings Diva Anne Dudley. Hypnotic and seductive and quite simply brilliant. The track Dishes will make you chuckle whilst TV Movie and A Little Soul will scare you slightly. I never thought that Pulp would release a finer album than His N Hers, but Hardcore is in a class of it's own
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spud on 1 May 2012
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After receiving this CD very quickly through the post, I couldn't wait to listen to it! So as soon as I opened it I put it in the CD player as quick as I could. Pulp's Jarvis Cocker gives good entrance. "I am not Jesus, 'though I have the same initials," goes the first line of "Dishes" on "This Is Hardcore". Or take the opening salvo in "TV Movie": "Without you my life has become a hangover without end/A movie made for TV: bad dialogue, bad acting, no interest."

Cocker's songs don't veer downhill after they begin, either. In the time since his Noel Coward-in-the-London-underground observations on Pulp's 1996 album "Different Class," Cocker has been working even harder at his craft. "This Is Hardcore" is a series of poignant or pungent vignettes about confused or lonely people. "Seductive Barry" fantasizes about making love to the object of his obsession; "A Little Soul" about a defeated husband who beats his wife and pleads with his son not to repeat dad's mistakes.

When Cocker writes what are presumably autobiographical lyrics, he's no less piercing or clever. The withering "Like a Friend" finds him both repulsed by and attracted to a fake friend: "You take up my time like some cheap magazine when I could've been learning something." Compared to the unimaginative language of so much pop and rock, Cocker's lyrics -- enriched by his dry, jaundiced-dandy voice -- are literary salons unto themselves.

"Different Class" was a debauched update of vintage new wave styles. "This Is Hardcore" is more expansive and more stylish than its predecessor, integrating sweeping string sections and over-the-top, big-rock production touches. "Help the Aged," Cocker's ode to lessons gleaned from the elderly, deftly leaps from an after-hours fragility to arena roar.
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