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4.0 out of 5 stars Pulp � This is Hardcore, 16 July 2004
This review is from: This Is Hardcore (Audio CD)
Quirky alt-pop veterans Pulp offer here something altogether darker than the indie-club anthems they're known best for. Rather than being similar to their probably most well known album, Different Class, this album is more like a development of their earlier works such as Freaks.
The lyrics are as sharp as ever, and sustain what could otherwise be quite a repetitive album. There is a distinctively downbeat tone to this album and it seems that Cocker is really playing to his strengths here by exploring darker and seedier subject matter. In particular, This is Hardcore is a sleazy, sexy masterpiece. Sure, this album is depressing in places, but it's all so well crafted and the lyrics are so incisive it's hard not to enjoy yourself.
How many good tracks? Eight, out of 12
Best track: The Fear is a frank and unnerving opening track, which sets the tone of the rest of the album.
Worst track: Party Hard does not benefit from either the great lyrics, or the great vocals that make Pulp songs so distinctive.
This album marks a real turning point for Pulp. They seem to have really developed, and though they still explore the usual Pulp issues of sex, social alienation and life's seedier side, there is a marked maturity of sound on this album.
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