Very organic in it's nature,
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This review is from: Help the Aged [7" VINYL] (Vinyl)
This piece of Vinyl is very organic in it's nature, I mean this because most people know Pulp from Disco 2000, i.e when I was younger this was the vid which was frequently on the telly and my first encounter with PULP was the Different Class LP, Pulp has always had some intriguing aura about them, knowing that listening to their music affect a person in a certain way in this meaning talking about both the comfortable and agonising sides of their heart out on the sleeves material.
it is not the most up tempo but it is Pulp at the most refined, I understand not everyone "got this" and I am not into it because I say Jarvis on Ali G, with Ali G doing some mixing, at my cousins house in Doungloe. Help the Aged has the 'it' factor how ever more indirect it may be. Was it the only release they ever did hopefully this group would still have been recognised as much for their dynamite quality as of today.
On this slice of vinyl a wholesome well built structure and emphatic vocal delivery is up front despite being less pop and pep in contrast to other tunes of the era.
They were definitely comfortable working together as a band this time - not having anything to prove the well built atmosphere in favour of clean cut pop is also evident of the B-sides. although the B's are different and may not intrigue everyone at for instance, nevertheless all in all it's all solid and reliable.
People who came fascinated by Jarvis word play or mannerisms, will sense a change.
On this 7" what stands out in between the gloom and subdued social pathos, is that Pulp is working here together as a tight unit.
Having already proved themselves more than capable of making fly hit records in previous years... by This is Hardcore era material the priority is somewhat different, and the result of a single like Help the Aged, is nothing less than ace quality. Taken this was the year when other peers also developed their approach and sound I am thinking instantly of Verve (with Sonnet) and Oasis (with All Around the World) 1998 seemed a good year for pop as far as singles releases and albums were concerned, a year when groups developed their stamina and courage to release anything but `mere' pop.
With the age of buy the song(Digital) or engage Spotify just to have a listen to `what's new' it seems to many the way of experiencing a single release has changed,
For me it is different, I have started finding many perfect singles from bands I like on vinyl in many ways thanks to Amazon and Amazon market place. If you are a Britpop enthusiast, don't miss out on the chance to experience these songs, in the organic way they were originally set out to be experienced,
See these PROS and CONS (or rather read below and you figure out CONS for yourself)
Buying a download: you get the song instantly (Pro)
You can use it in IPOD (if you have one) (PRO)
Buying the vinyl:
You Get the actual record,
(Pro) it is not too pricey( Pro)
It's well worth the wait (Pro)
Well I Don't like digital, it is sometimes convenient but more a way of getting into song than actually paying attention too or experiencing them. In other words no side A side B etc.
Do what you must.
In any case