Further Complications

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. This is a record that's more intriguing than entertaining. Cocker's warmth and wit are in short supply, as is the sweeter side of his melodic gifts.
  2. With Cocker frequently shouting to be heard over the rock racket, Further Complications is best when the music quietens, allowing the singer's glorious one-liners to be savoured.
  3. His new album, Further Complications--musically more immediate, lyrically more beleaguered--was engineered by Steve Albini, whose aesthetics dictate big drums, big guitars and small vocals. So Mr. Cocker is shouting to be heard, which only improves on his comic persona.
  4. The meta quality of the immoral, libidinous singer refracted through unblinking irony feels too transparent for a songwriter of Cocker's depth.
  5. His brilliant, whispery, Gainsbourgh-like vocal delivery is replaced by base shouting, his hilarious wordplay reduced to grating, beat-poet-like observations.
  6. Mojo
    40
    Much of it is unreconstructedly rockist. [Jun 20009, p.102]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 24, 2012
    9
    Excellent follow up to **** self titled debut solo record. This is a far more rockier effort. Its spikier, more emotional, more consistent andExcellent 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. Full Review »
  2. MatthewO
    May 27, 2009
    8
    Almost as great as his first solo album.