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This Is Hardcore [CD]

Pulp Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000025EP3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Fear
2. Dishes
3. Party Hard
4. Help The Aged
5. This Is Hardcore
6. TV Movie
7. A Little Soul
8. I'm A Man
9. Seductive Barry
10. Sylvia
11. Glory Days
12. The Day After The Revolution

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Pulp This Is Hardcore

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Bites Back! 9 April 2002
By orac101
Format:Audio CD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cold, hard truth of adult life. 7 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
'This Is Hardcore' is the morning after of the thirtysomething parties of the '90s. In a decade of 'This Life', Hornby, 'Sex & the City' & 'Bridget Jones' leaving people paranoid about the life they should be living, the album tells it how it really was during that period. Plus, is an accurate account of how life is for many, especially in the city. It really is the perfect album for those who've lived and are now paying for it. Many indie types (which I'm not I may add)don't like the lack of catchy tunes, and some tracks do muscially go on for too long (the end coda of the final track goes on for ages)yet the superb lyrics make it a must. Difficult at first, but delicious to finish with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitsch is out, but quality remains 12 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Pulp's equivalent to Blur's eponymous release, showing a darker and far less commercial side to their music. For the most part, the record is too inaccessible to be cherished, but their bravery is commendable, and songs like "Dishes" and (especially) the title track really grow on you.
Jarvis Cocker does exactly what Damon Albarn does on "Blur" and messes up the popular image of himself, perhaps deliberately to make himself less well-loved. He feels isolated and under threat by celebrity, society and "The Fear". He develops a (hopefully tongue-in-cheek) Jesus complex on the afore-mentioned "Dishes", comparing his initials and age to Christ's, whilst adding his usual healthy dose of bathos.
This record is worth buying for the title track alone. Encompassing everything from disco to Krautrock to Velvet Underground to Serge Gainsbourg, it is one of the group's very best, right up there with "Common People" and "Sorted for E's and Whizz", although you can be sure your parents won't like it.
Perhaps in general on this album, Cocker's wryness has faded somewhat and he is less ironic and post-modern and more philosophically naked and direct. That is no bad thing, as the group may have been in danger of turning into a novelty act.
With bands like Pulp, capable of embracing a pop sensibility AND really saying something, who needs vacant pop thrills?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulp's Berlin 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 1 month ago by Giovanni De Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything But The Kitchen Sink
This 1998 album from Sheffield's finest could be viewed as something of a transition (and, I would say, maturation) from the preceding commercial success of His n' Hers and their... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith M
3.0 out of 5 stars Pulp - Hardcore
Follow up to different class, pretty average I'm afraid. If it wasn't for the single 'Help the Aged' I wouldn't have bothered. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wazzer
5.0 out of 5 stars That goes in there, then that goes in there, oooooohhoooo and then...
Love it, This is Hardcore, Help the Aged and Little Soul are my faves off this album! :) It may have quite a different sound to pulps usual stuff but I think this was quite... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sophie Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Hardcore is without a doubt Pulp's best moment
"I'd like to make this water wine but it's impossible - I've got to get these dishes dry"

There are few albums as astonishing and in the groove as "This is Hardcore". Read more
Published 18 months ago by Freidun Taravosh
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark but great album
A greatly underated album. The songs all tell tales about life which is something Pulp have always done. It is a dep, sombre and in places dark album but worth it
Published 21 months ago by Ric D
4.0 out of 5 stars a cold in the dose
Some fantastic lyrics, some great emotional climaxes, some sleaze. Theres a couple of real standout tracks on here ('I'm a man', 'Sylvia') amid the porn-director whisperings of... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2012 by A. Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not Jesus, though I have the same initials...
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. Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Spud
4.0 out of 5 stars This is hardcore
A dark&underated album and a great contrasting set of songs from different class,the title track is a epic song,one of pulps best!its a ideal late night album.
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by alan beech
5.0 out of 5 stars A darker, more complex follow up to Different Class.
"This is our 'Music from A Bachelor's Den' / the sound of loneliness turned up to ten / a horror soundtrack / from a stagnant water bed... / and it sounds just like this". Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2005 by Jonathan James Romley
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