His N Hers [VINYL]
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Of course in raconteur, clown, comedian, social commentator and singer Jarvis Cocker they had a front man who you just knew would be a star the first time you laid eyes on him. Exuding discounted faux glamour their synthetic mini operas were witty, clever, sometimes audacious and nearly always as catchy as a summer cold. Their sound was given an organic base by Russell Seniors pullulating violin and scabrous guitars. Candida Doyles lurid keyboard, piano; synthesizer lines give the music the grimy yet alluring quality that made it so intoxicating. Most importantly Pulp had the songs.Read more ›
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.
If you've got into Pulp through Disco 2000 or Es and Whizz, this wil be a revelation.
Anyway, the songs themselves; unfortunately the album opens with arguably the weakest track (weak being a relative term) in 'Joyriders' which is short and rocky enough for one not to mind but the tracks that follow are all in a different class (it's been a long day). 'Lipgloss' is a Pulp classic, as are 'Babies' and 'Do You Remember The First Time?' and all rightly so; catchy but perverted, prime Pulp material. On a personal note though the tracks 'Pink Glove' and 'Have You Seen Her Lately?' are for me some of the best numbers the band has ever recorded, from the irresistible hooks right down to the tuneful wail of Mr. Cocker. The tenth track, 'Someone Like The Moon', is much-maligned by Pulp fans and I cannot see why; it is slower than the preceding tracks but is almost tragic and mournful, a different direction from the band here. The final track is probably longer than is necessary and a bit uninspired when contrasted with what has gone before but it is a grower.
My only complaint is that 'Razzmatazz' is not on the CD (at least the British version of it) which is a shame since it would make an outstanding album unbearably and overwhelmingly amazing.
Five stars awarded, easily.
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Pulp are sounding better today than most bands from that so called Britpop era. This album is Pulp on the cusp of wider public acclaim and it's brilliant. Read morePublished 2 months ago by crackedactor
Very few albums stand up to the 'car' test. Listenable on a loop on long car journeys. This is one of them. If you like Pulp, obvs.Published 9 months ago by JulesH
Great LP marred by a serious warp.- 180g vinyl not all it's cracked up to be?Published 23 months ago by P. C. Bairstow
I read all the 5 star reviews that have gone before. All are absolutely spot on. Joyriders is the only duff-ish track on the album. After that it just gets better and better.... Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2013 by Mr. G. Fielding