Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis

2007-09-13 16:59
Sadly the album sounds like he shut himself up in a little dark room somewhere, listened to all the latest and greatest indie-folk music and did a bit of channeling (copy and pasting). Let's just say Kings of Leon, Damien Rice, Belle and Sebastian will find his ‘new’ style very familiar.

The album also suffers from a bout of PTS (Provocative Title Syndrome): the main symptom being that the song titles sound amazing, yet the songs are deathly average and musically unimaginative. “Fat Children” is an exception. A politically incorrect face-paced grungy anthem about child obesity, it finds Cocker chanting the chorus in a staccato style, saying over and over “fat children took my life.” Pretty riveting stuff if you actually give a toss about fat kids.

Look if you’re a loyal Pulp and Jarvis Cocker groupie, you’re probably going to love this album, but for those of us without our blinders on it’s forgettable.

- Erica Chidi
Someone should have pushed Jarvis Cocker to release this self title LP a lot sooner - like 10 years sooner. Mmaybe then this album wouldn’t have been such a disappointment. Cocker a member of the zany 90’s pop-rock Brit band Pulp, decided in their hiatus to take a stab at some solo work, enter Jarvis.

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