CD Jarvis [PA] [5050159834020] (CD 1220819), Audio Other
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Jarvis [PA] [5050159834020]

  • 1. Loss Adjuster, The
    2. Don't Let Him Waste Your Time
    3. Black Magic
    4. Heavy Weather
    5. I Will Kill Again
    6. Baby's Coming Back to Me
    7. Fat Children
    8. From Auschwitz to Ipswich
    9. Disney Time
    10. Tonite
    11. Big Julie
    12. Loss Adjuster, The
    13. Quantum Theory
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 340

  • Credits
    ProducerGraham Sutton; Jarvis Cocker
    EngineerRobbie Nelson; Graham Sutton; Phill Brown

    Personnel: Jarvis Cocker (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, vibraphone, glockenspiel, 6-string bass, tubular bells, hand bells, background vocals); Richard Hawley (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar, baritone guitar, lyre, piano, celesta, vibraphone, percussion); Ross Orton (guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, timpani); Steve Mackey (acoustic guitar, vibraphone); Julian Leaper, Simon Masterton Smith, Janice Graham, Julian Tear, Martin Burgess, Celia Sheen, Steve Morris, Harriet Davies, David Juritz, Amanda Smith (violin); Robert Smissen, William Hawkes, Janet Atkins, Catherine Bradshaw, Richard Nelson (viola); David Cohen , Jonathan Williams , Adrian Bradbury, Stephen Orton (cello); Martin Slattery (saxophone, piano); Graham Sutton (keyboards); Jason Buckle (synthesizer); Alasdair Malloy (marimba, glockenspiel, congas, percussion, hand bells); Chris Laurence (double bass).
    Audio Mixer: Graham Sutton.
    Recording information: Angel Studios, Islington, London, England; K.P.I Studio, Sheffield, England; K.P.I. Studio, Sheffield, England; Les Studios De La Seine, Paris, France; Mayfair; Miloco; The Strongroom; Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield, England.
    Photographer: Serge Leblon.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Ross Orton.
    Issued in the U.K. during late 2006, Jarvis Cocker's solo debut finds the ex-Pulp frontman returning to the well-honed Britpop sound of his lauded former band after a brief stint heading up the Relaxed Muscle techno project. While JARVIS lacks the cinematic expanse of Pulp's swansong, WE LOVE LIFE, and the darkly brooding atmosphere of THIS IS HARDCORE, it hews fairly closely to the pop-savvy rock sound of HIS 'N' HERS and DIFFERENT CLASS. Cocker's deep croon and witty social observations are fully on display here, whether he's singing about an inappropriate lover ( "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time"), not so subtly alluding to murder (the deceptively gentle "I Will Kill Again"), or being assaulted by portly kids (the punked-up "Fat Children"). Joining Cocker are Pulp alum Mark Webber (guitar) and Steve Mackey (bass), along with six-stringer (and revered singer-songwriter) Richard Hawley. Although JARVIS may not eclipse past Pulp glories, it certainly honors their roguish spirit, and serves as an excellent showcase for Cocker's cheeky charm.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is finest batch of songs since THIS IS HARDCORE. The songs are languid Eurotrash ballads, strung out on New Wave highs while hitting a post-punk low; his voice is a sultry whisper of bemused adult lust."
    Spin (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Courting trouble with wicked glee...Cocker plays a genteel psychopath, dissects the collapse of Western civilization, and mocks mindless escapism."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "Best are lacerating hidden track 'Running the World' and glam-rock cruncher 'Don't Let Him Waste Your Time.'" -- Grade: B
    Q (p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[There's] an adventurous electronic edge that adds hints of darkness without ever enveloping proceedings in gloom."
    Q (p.123) - Ranked #24 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[A] collection of elegant torch and glam-pop songs..."
    Alternative Press (p.150) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "JARVIS is a ripe thriller....JARVIS makes the descent into the miasma of mankind a joy."
    CMJ (p.38) - "The lyrics are expectedly acidic...but the gentle, retro-tinged balladry that pervades the record is a pretty salve for all of the bitterness."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith originality, unlikely uplift and tunes you can sing along to....A lot to re-connect with."
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