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This review is from: His 'N' Hers (Audio CD)
An album full of dizzying emotional intensity as Jarvis gasps and groans his heart out to a succession of screwed up characters. The result is an immensely enjoyable listen - and they make it sound easy.
The album opens up a storm with Joyriders, a portrayal of a certain type of youth which instantly leaps out as authentic to anyone who wasn't born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth. Lipgloss is engaging but the touching Have You Seen Her Lately? and She's A Lady prove more ultimately satisfying on repeated listenings. Lust asserts itself as the major theme, yet it is usually coupled with hang-wringing emotionalism (the simultaneous innocence and perversity of Babies and the hunger and urgency of Do You Remember the First Time? and Pink Glove being highlights) - apart from the thwarted longings of Joyriders' thugs!
If I could change anything, it would be the running order. I'd prefer to finish with a flashier number rather than the low-key Someone Like the Moon and David's Last Summer, but that's what the programming function on the CD player's for.
In spite of some of their headline-hitting scenes, Pulp are musically unpretentious. Almost all of the songs have some element of a poppy hook to keep you screaming along with the ever wonderful lyrics. The balance struck between the cheery and the bleak contributes to making His 'n' Hers an unfailingly convincing collection.