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Review Of Jarvis Cocker’s Further Complications: Lacerating Desire

The flip side of itunes is a bad single can make you miss out on a good album. I was so disappointed in “Angela” -a rocker about a stripper that still doesn’t work it for me, I all but gave up on Jarvis Cocker, a singer who has seemed to me to be a mix of Serge Gainsborg and Ray Davies and who, as the leader of Pulp, released the two best Britpop albums -the opening salvo Different Class and the nail in the coffin of Britpop Hardcore.
Also, while he was pretty good live the first solo album wasn’t up to much. But I downloaded the song “Leftovers” and kept on going back for more. The Steve Albini produced powerhouse rock production threatens to over power Further Complications but the threat never fully materializes, the band are his touring band and they are very, very good with, oddly, the bass centering em. And the happily married man turned middle aged perv Cocker portrays is all hard thrust and melodic purity. “Further Complications,” “I Never Said I was Deep,” and the pick of the songs “Leftovers” are all pick up lines as self revealing question marks. Lacerating desire for nubiles has never seemed so, well, honorable in its insistence at staring the truth in the face over howling saxes on “Homewrecker”. “My lack of knowledge is vast” Cocker claims on a different song… but he lies.

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