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This Is Hardcore

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"This is the sound of someone losing the plot/you're gonna like it, but not a lot." So says Jarvis Cocker on "The Fear," the opening track on This Is Hardcore, the ambitious follow-up to Pulp's breakthrough Different Class, thereby providing his own review for the album. Cocker doesn't quite lose the plot on This Is Hardcore, but the ominous, claustrophobic "The Fear" makes it clear that this is a different band, one that no longer has anthems like "Common People" in mind. The shift in direction shouldn't come as a surprise -- Pulp was always an arty band -- but even the catchiest numbers are shrouded in darkness. This Is Hardcore is haunted by disappointments and fear -- by the realization that what you dreamed of may not be what you really wanted. Nowhere is this better heard than on "This Is Hardcore," where drum loops, lounge piano, cinematic strings, and a sharp lyric create a frightening monument to weary decadence. It's the centerpiece of the album, and the best moments follow its tone. Some, like "The Fear," "Seductive Barry," and "Help the Aged," wear their fear on their sleeves, some cloak it in Bowie-esque dance grooves ("Party Hard") or in hushed, resigned tones ("Dishes"). A few others, such as the scathing "I'm a Man" or "A Little Soul," have a similar vibe without being explicitly dark. Instead of delivering an entirely bleak album, Pulp raise the curtain somewhat on the last three songs, but the attempts at redemption -- "Sylvia," "Glory Days," "The Day After the Revolution" -- don't feel as natural as everything that precedes them. It's enough to keep the album from being a masterpiece, but it's hardly enough to prevent it from being an artistic triumph.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Fear
00:05:39

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

2
Dishes
00:03:29

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

3
Party Hard
00:04:00

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, ComposerLyricist - Candida Doyle, ComposerLyricist - Nick Banks, ComposerLyricist - Mark Webber, ComposerLyricist - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

4
Help The Aged
00:04:28

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, ComposerLyricist - Candida Doyle, ComposerLyricist - Nick Banks, ComposerLyricist - Mark Webber, ComposerLyricist - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

5
This Is Hardcore (Original Version)
00:06:23

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, ComposerLyricist - Peter Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Candida Doyle, ComposerLyricist - Nick Banks, ComposerLyricist - Mark Webber, ComposerLyricist - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

6
TV Movie
00:03:23

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

7
A Little Soul (Original Mix / Album Version)
00:03:17

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, ComposerLyricist - Candida Doyle, ComposerLyricist - Nick Banks, ComposerLyricist - Mark Webber, ComposerLyricist - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

8
I'm A Man
00:04:59

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

9
Seductive Barry
00:08:30

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

10
Sylvia
00:05:44

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

11
Glory Days
00:04:55

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist - Antony Genn, Composer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

12
The Day After The Revolution (Cd Version / Long Outro)
00:14:56

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
Cocaine Socialism
00:05:13

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist - Antony Genn, Composer

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
It's A Dirty World (recording session outtake)
00:05:13

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

3
Like A Friend
00:04:31

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Doyle, Composer - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings Inc.

4
The Professional
00:05:09

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Ladies' Man
00:04:43

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Laughing Boy
00:03:48

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Pete Lewis, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
We Are The Boys
00:03:12

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, ComposerLyricist - Candida Doyle, ComposerLyricist - Nick Banks, ComposerLyricist - Mark Webber, ComposerLyricist - Pulp, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1998 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

8
Tomorrow Never Lies
00:04:51

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Pete Lewis, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Can I Have My Balls Back, Please? (demo previously unreleased)
00:04:14

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

10
Modern Marriage (demo previously unreleased)
00:04:53

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

11
My Erection (demo previously unreleased)
00:04:20

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

12
You Are The One (demo previously unreleased)
00:04:27

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

13
Street Operator (demo previously unreleased)
00:03:48

Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, Composer - Candida Doyle, Composer - Nick Banks, Composer - Mark Webber, Composer - Pulp, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

14
This Is Hardcore (End Of The Line Remix)
00:02:05

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Jarvis Cocker, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mackey, ComposerLyricist - Peter Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Candida Doyle, ComposerLyricist - Nick Banks, ComposerLyricist - Mark Webber, ComposerLyricist - Pulp, Remixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

"This is the sound of someone losing the plot/you're gonna like it, but not a lot." So says Jarvis Cocker on "The Fear," the opening track on This Is Hardcore, the ambitious follow-up to Pulp's breakthrough Different Class, thereby providing his own review for the album. Cocker doesn't quite lose the plot on This Is Hardcore, but the ominous, claustrophobic "The Fear" makes it clear that this is a different band, one that no longer has anthems like "Common People" in mind. The shift in direction shouldn't come as a surprise -- Pulp was always an arty band -- but even the catchiest numbers are shrouded in darkness. This Is Hardcore is haunted by disappointments and fear -- by the realization that what you dreamed of may not be what you really wanted. Nowhere is this better heard than on "This Is Hardcore," where drum loops, lounge piano, cinematic strings, and a sharp lyric create a frightening monument to weary decadence. It's the centerpiece of the album, and the best moments follow its tone. Some, like "The Fear," "Seductive Barry," and "Help the Aged," wear their fear on their sleeves, some cloak it in Bowie-esque dance grooves ("Party Hard") or in hushed, resigned tones ("Dishes"). A few others, such as the scathing "I'm a Man" or "A Little Soul," have a similar vibe without being explicitly dark. Instead of delivering an entirely bleak album, Pulp raise the curtain somewhat on the last three songs, but the attempts at redemption -- "Sylvia," "Glory Days," "The Day After the Revolution" -- don't feel as natural as everything that precedes them. It's enough to keep the album from being a masterpiece, but it's hardly enough to prevent it from being an artistic triumph.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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