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on 14 July 2017
It starts with 'It'.

First of all, it's most definitely not brickwalled, compressed, or white-hot. A delicate album like 'It' would be utterly destroyed by such treatment. Only the bonus album out-take 'Please Don't Worry' seems to suffer from compression, and this might be an inherited issue from the source tape, which clearly has other issues in terms of fluctuation and drop-outs. But the rest of the bonus material is as clear as the album itself, which I'm tempted to say has never sounded better since the original LP.

You must know how Jarvis explained the title of this one: Pulp-It as in pulpit, see? But I sometimes think there's another, more helpful, way to think about It. The opening song (and first single) 'My Lighthouse' starts with the lines:

"Come up to my lighthouse for I have something I wish to say.
It can wait for a moment, well in fact it can wait all day."

So which "It" are we talking about here? Those eternally-impossible words that so beset our adolescence? Or something less obvious, and possibly more sinister? It's impossible to know, but it's diverting to wonder. Sheffield had recent form of this sort back in 1983, The Human League's 'Dare' having taken its title from a page of Vogue, but having a lyrical moment in the second song (and second single) 'Open Your Heart'.

Other puns and wordplay include 'Joking Aside', where Jarvis tells us "Now the time to play is over," before admitting that "I'd like to turn you over, to see what's on your other side." Aside as in the A-side, right? That's real love, that is, when you're comparing her to a 45. Significantly, Jarvis has said that he sees much of the difference between the lyrics on 'It' and what followed in terms of having lost his virginity between this and the next album.

'Blue Girls' has become my favourite song on the album. In the sleeve notes, Everett True says that "the softened, folksy 'Blue Girls' wouldn't be out of place in the Jimmy Webb songbook' and although that's not a particularly helpful comparison (unless Jimmy Webb wrote lyrics about the scraps of pornography that many children remember finding in hedge-bottoms) it is a lovely song.

Only the last song 'Looking for Life' points the way to the next album Freaks, with its darker feel. The rest of this first Pulp album wants to be taken out on a drive to the seaside for a picnic¹ with someone to whom you daren't say It.

¹You might also want to take along 'No Sense of Sin' by The Lotus Eaters, 'Virgins and Philistines' by The Colour Field and 'Pacific Street' by The Pale Fountains. Plus lashings of Orange Juice.
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on 6 February 2002
Appearing some twelve years before Jarvis Cocker's tramp-like persona imprinted itself on the national consciousness, "It" is understandably different from the better-known material. Except for 1996's single Something Changed, which was written at this time and not included, then left on the shelf at Pulp HQ until Different Class was being recorded.
The first album is predominantly acoustic, with backing vocals by Jarvis' sister and her school friends, the seven songs (in the album's original form) are mostly concerned with an idealist's appreciation of love and hardly dare mention the s-word.
The real stand-outs are Wishful Thinking, concerned with the tendency of a one-night encounter to leave you wanting more, and the sublime song Blue Girls, which watches several old flames flicker and die as their lives progress.
First ever single My Lighthouse is the ideal opening track, and its b-side Looking For Life is tacked onto the end of all recent (ie: last ten years or so) pressings. Both these songs are in keeping with the rest of the album: in fact the ponderous grind of Looking For Life fits so well onto the end that its presence is a rare example of Fire Records getting something exactly right.
If you liked Something Changed, expect to like this. It's grate. I love It.
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on 18 September 2012
I am unashamedly a massive Pulp and Jarvis fan so this review might be a little biased :) This album has always been my absolute favorite, its so haunting it gives me goosebumps. I once lost the CD in a house move and nearly cried, I had to buy it again even though I knew it was 'in there somewhere'.
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on 19 February 2017
Everything by the book.
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