Jarvis Cocker, Further Complications
Official release date: May 19th, 2009
The verdict: Though Jarvis Cocker’s debut solo album sounded more or less exactly like his work as the front man of Pulp, his second record finds the lanky, newly bearded Brit rocking out more than at any other point in his 30-year career. Appropriately enough, the album is produced by Steve Albini, a man best known for his work capturing the raw intensity of Nirvana, PJ Harvey, and the Pixies. Though the shift to more aggressive material is hard to ignore, Jarv is still Jarv — half the record deals with some rather severe sexual frustration, and one of the album’s highlights is a cheeky, incredibly self-deprecating ballad titled “I Never Said I Was Deep.” Similarly, fans of the grim yet relentlessly horny grooves of Pulp’s This Is Hardcore album are advised to skip directly to “You’re In My Eyes (Discosong),” an epic disco ballad that is equal parts romance and sleaze.