Jarvis - Jarvis Cocker
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. It's lyrically depressing, but if you're down in the dumps about the ills of the world and frustrated by a lack of personal achievement, there's surely not a better companion piece to have to hand as you wallow.
  2. Beautifully sequenced, Jarvis makes the case for albums as opposed to downloads.
  3. A stunning collection of songs, in the grand Brit-pop tradition.
  4. A decade after he first set an impossibly hard act to follow, Jarvis Cocker has returned with an album that knocks not only his ageing contemporaries, but many of his descendents, for six.
  5. A very fine solo album indeed.
  6. The main difference between Jarvis and Pulp's final album, We Love Life, is that the new record feels far less portentous, and more brightly poppy.
  7. This is the most immediate album Cocker has put his name to in ten years.
  8. Jarvis is a solid, thought-provoking album.
  9. 80
    He sounds fresher than in years. [Dec 2006, p.108]
  10. Even if it isn't as immediate as the prime of Pulp, it's a richly nuanced, complicated album that finds Jarvis near the top of his craft as a writer and record maker.
  11. The old Jarvis Cocker is back. [Dec 2006, p.130]
  12. His finest batch of songs since This Is Hardcore.
  13. 80
    Happily, his killer solo debut offers more of the same. [Apr 2007, p.87]
  14. A ripe thriller, the work of a facile talent with a newfound fecund baritone that goes places where Pulp could not tread. [Jun 2007, p.150]
  15. This is the record Pulp could/should have made as a sequel to the seminal Different Class.
  16. A collection of songs that proves nearly as personal, as socially aware, and as deft at intertwining the two, as was Pulp’s 1998 opus, ‘‘This Is Hardcore.’’
  17. There are songs here that easily stand up to any of Pulp’s high-points, and sound totally unique against the backdrop of 2006.
  18. Cocker's caustic observations cut deepest when married to hummable tunes.
  19. Jarvis is strong enough, smart enough, and at home enough with its ancient rock-star concerns and unembellished songcraft, for "Running the World" to remain a bonus track. This album doesn't need rescuing.
  20. 'Jarvis' never quite gathers an irresistible momentum like his past glories did. There isn't a bad song on here, but there are several which don't fulfil their full potential.
  21. "Jarvis" is a collection of 13 individual songs, rather than an album with cohesive impact.
  22. Yet for all its pomp and glam, Jarvis is a uneven affair that sags a little too long in the middle. [#17, p.83]
  23. The lyrics are often sublime, of course, but there are big, stupid choruses too.
  24. An understated triumph. [9 Dec 2006]
  25. "Jarvis"... is essentially a patchwork drawing from low and high points of his career - a quilt meant as a cover as well as an ornament.
  26. Some of the old tension is missing: Mr. Cocker isn’t straining to write pop hits. But all of the old spleen is intact.
  27. All in all, Jarvis a mixed bag. It feels like the sort of thing that Cocker would do just to expunge his notebooks before moving on.
  28. Jarvis is the record of someone losing hope, the sound of dejection turned up to 10.
  29. 60
    [The first half is] all dismayingly unconvincing and lacklustre in execution... Then something changes.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 4, 2013
    10
    Jarvis manages to cover the entire spectrum of human emotion in 13 tracks of pure genius. The brilliance of his lyrical wizardry knows no bounds whatsoever. Beautiful, a modern masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2012
    8
    A strong solo effort from the Pulp frontman. More than half of it is top quality. The lyrical cleverness Jarvis is loved for is present throughout and it's full of melody. There are a couple of tracks that we could have done without that seem to miss the touch of other band members, but these are rare enough. Don't let him waste your time,Heavy Weather,Tonight, Black Magic all rank up with Pulps better moments, The most annoying thing is the the 25 minute gap to get to the hidden track, the brilliant Running the World. Full Review »