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This Is Hardcore
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on 3 January 2015
BOUGHT THIS FOR A FRIEND,HE SAYS IT`S GREAT?
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on 13 January 2015
Pulp great cd
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on 7 August 2014
great album
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Like fellow Britpop greats Blur, past the mid '90s, Pulp's music took a different direction. 'This Is Hardcore', released three years after 1995's critically-acclaimed masterpiece 'Different Class', Jarvis Cocker and his boys gave us this wonderfully dark album, which is a solid collection of thought-provoking tunes to listen to alone quietly. The songs are much slower, and instead of a Britpop record, 'This Is Hardcore' should be filed under alternative/art rock. If you were to consider this to be these Sheffield men's equivalent to Blur's 1999 '13 'record, you wouldn't be far wrong. This is essentially the soundtrack to when the partying over 'Different Class' stops, and you wake up the morning after, or realise that it's time to grow up and face the realities of the world.

Four singles were released, and two of them, the title track and 'Help the Aged' were major UK hits. The latter, essentially a salute to the older generation, with lyrics that are true but so often forgotten, has a chorus is pretty much the song 'Creep' by Radiohead, and as the song progresses, it becomes virtually a personal plea from Jarvis, almost begging others to understand and be caring towards him when he is no longer enable to do what he likes to do. 'Dishes' is a standout track, with one of the best opening lyrics of any song, and easily one of the most beautiful things that Mr. Cocker has ever written. The dark opening track 'The Fear', receives another gold star, a story of loneliness and anxiety, things that I think all of us can relate to at various stages of our lives, I know that I can.

Although rarely spoken of in the same league as 'Different Class', I have to say that this 1997 follow-up is quickly becoming my favourite of all the Pulp albums. It's different certainly, much more mature and vulnerable, lacking the usual (wonderful as they are) snide and seedy lyrics, and as a result of this, in my opinion, is able to yield some beautiful, and even superior results.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2005
I Bought this album agaist the wishes of my friends who told me it was SH**E...But aftre listening to it a fuew times (belive me you'll need 2..i got 2 like it a bit)
Stand Out Tracks
This Is Hardcore (a fantastic epic ofa song...some great lyrics and quite simply a classic)
Help! The Aged (A cracking tune..which has playbackablity)
The Fear(Takes a fuew listens b4 u can really like it..but wen u do!!!!)
Glory Days (love this tune..quite cute)
A Little Soul(a tune that could of turned up on any of the great albums and would not look out of place)
Party Hard (great little tune..good lyrics)
The rest of the songs are good but don't have the same standout quality.
OVERALL A ALBUM YOU SHOULD HAVE IN UR COLLECTION
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