Further Complications - Jarvis Cocker
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  • Summary: The second solo album for the Pulp frontman was produced by Steve Albini.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. The songs here pulsate with perversion, a middle-aged man making damn sure that he's going to get with a tight 23-year-old body yet again; it's the sound of a fetishist turned sexual omnivore.
  2. Steve Albini’s production retains some of the lushness Cocker favored on Pulp’s later albums and his solo debut, while investing it with a new punchiness. The approach ups the drama on Cocker’s tales of mid-life desire and failure.
  3. It’s a success. Whether he keeps on in this vein or branches out even further, this album proves you can, in fact, teach an old letch new tricks.
  4. 80
    It’s a wonderful surprise that Further Complications turns out to be such a reinvigorated piece of work. Much of this freshness must be down to the working methods of producer Steve Albini.
  5. Brit pop aesthete goes Rawk--sort of.
  6. Initial listens may lead you to believe it’s a little non-descript, but there’s reward in perseverance.
  7. His brilliant, whispery, Gainsbourgh-like vocal delivery is replaced by base shouting, his hilarious wordplay reduced to grating, beat-poet-like observations.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Jan 24, 2012
    Excellent follow up to **** self titled debut solo record. This is a far more rockier effort. Its spikier, more emotional, more consistent and generally better than "Jarvis". As a whole album this is as good as anything Pulp ever did. It doesn't have any real singles on it but it's full of melodies and his usual clever lyrics. Slush and Caucasian Blues are the stand out tracks for me but there are so many to pick from. Long Live JC. Expand
  2. MatthewO
    May 27, 2009
    Almost as great as his first solo album.