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  • Summary: Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker makes his solo debut with this 14-song disc (which includes recent single "Running The World" as a secret bonus track).
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Beautifully sequenced, Jarvis makes the case for albums as opposed to downloads.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.’’
  5. 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.
  6. '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.
  7. 60
    [The first half is] all dismayingly unconvincing and lacklustre in execution... Then something changes.

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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 noJarvis 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. Expand
  2. JasonL
    Apr 4, 2007
    10
    Just saw this live in Melbourne. Without Jarvis, the whole Best of V festival would have been absolutely worthless. Jarvis is witty, Just saw this live in Melbourne. Without Jarvis, the whole Best of V festival would have been absolutely worthless. Jarvis is witty, entertaining and musically brilliant. Forget top 20, forget itunes, forget throw away music. Jarvis is the real thing. 'Its OK to grow up, just as long as you don't grow old. Face it you are young.' Jarvis Cocker. Expand
  3. alanl
    May 4, 2007
    10
    A Morrisey for the new generations!!!!
  4. StephenC
    Nov 16, 2006
    9
    More melodic than expected because of his rare release 'Relaxed Muscle' and there seems to be no urgency about this album which I More melodic than expected because of his rare release 'Relaxed Muscle' and there seems to be no urgency about this album which I find a good thing. His morales never take a curve and this shows in the secret track. Magnificent and well worth the wait. Expand
  5. MichaelW
    Apr 2, 2007
    9
    Album really grew on me. I have had it for awhile, adn I hope my fellow Americans will get behind Jarvis
  6. ChrisP
    Jan 19, 2007
    9
    As with much of Cocker's work, the dark underbelly of decadent western civilization is laid bare for each of us to see. Ourselves as we As with much of Cocker's work, the dark underbelly of decadent western civilization is laid bare for each of us to see. Ourselves as we are...are we all to self-absorbed to do anything about it, or do we all inhabit the world we deserve? Expand
  7. mikeyf
    Apr 18, 2007
    2
    anarchists are so chumbawumba.

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