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I imagine they will start to filter in quickly from the newspapers and music websites in the coming days. Ironically, the more easily-dated publications like monthly music magazines have already covered the release, two months or more ago based on the original schedule - four stars in Mojo, FIVE in Q (whose staff, sadly, may currently be working on its last ever issue unless a buyer is found).

 

Here's a decent write-up from the FT.

https://amp.ft.com/content/037ed8eb-72ca-4953-b527-d1d8308d655b?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR3PeOCNx-D-FwQeOiiZU6jsOFs_HPHge-F7oaELPRI-7Zw4E0PsYNdYXUk

 

Have to smile at something that spends large parts of its word count on the context of Jarvis' fame/resume of his later career and then just a couple of closing paragraphs on the actual new album which they are reviewing and profess to like a lot! Guess they need to take into account the typical FT reader who may be more of a casual arts fan, in cashmere socks and boat-shorts.

 

That link looks a bit odd. Here's the text:

 

Jarvis Cocker finally adapts to life after Pulp with his new JARV IS album, Beyond the Pale

Themes of biology and extinction recur throughout the new release from Cockers project

Among the glorious run of singles that Pulp released at the peak of their success in 1995 was Sorted for Es and Wizz, a satirical account of a trip into the English countryside for a massive rave. Jarvis Cockers narrator scores drugs from a blitzed bloke in Camden Town (Londons scuzzy indie-rock citadel), gets hammered at the rave and loses his friends. By morning, amid the wreckage of the bacchanal, he has a hollow feeling growing inside him. Oh, what if you never come down? Cocker croons in a fragile voice. The song fades away, leaving the paranoid thought suspended in the air.

Back then, Cocker and his bandmates were at the centre of the mad whirl of Britpop, when the sort of guitar bands that count Camden as a spiritual home had a licence to swagger with maximum intoxication around the national stage. Pulp grabbed the moment as enthusiastically as any, yet were also able thanks to Cockers witty, observational lyrics and a perfect balance of musical forces to skewer the absurdities of the era. Fame was there to be enjoyed, even though the Sheffield bands hinterland in independent music and art schools led them to understand that fame was also to be distrusted.

That note of tension couldnt be sustained. Pulps 1998 album This Is Hardcore was the comedown, a brilliant dissection of celebrity culture, fake glamour and self-loathing. It indicated an endpoint for the band (one more, lesser, album followed in 2001). It also left Cocker adrift. His solo career since Pulp has been a thing of fits and starts. There have been flashes of songwriting quality, but also a sense of hesitancy. He has worked as a radio DJ, made television programmes and written a book that is due to be published in October. His public profile has remained high, but strayed towards national treasure territory a half-gratifying, half-neutering form of acclaim, like a mature version of the Britpop fame that he relished and detested in his Pulp days. 

 

The album has a purposefulness that has been lacking from Cockers music for a long time

Beyond the Pale is his first album since an underwhelming outing with Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales in 2017. It finds Cocker, 56, at the head of a new band, whose name, JARV IS, resembles a personalised car number plate, like a luxurious frippery for a bored rock star. But the results have a purposefulness that has been lacking from Cockers music for a long time.

Opener Save the Whale initially comes across as a Leonard Cohen pastiche, with Cocker intoning mordant lines about libido and debility in a gravelly sing-speak. Backing vocals from a pair of women, harpist Serafina Steer and violinist-guitarist Emma Smith, have a half-mocking, half-consoling tone, a very Cohen-esque touch. But the song acquires force as it progresses, adding layers of sound around its central see-saw rhythm. Cockers lyrics move outwards, beyond the pale, as he sings, towards themes of survival and adaptation. What at first seems an act of homage Cohen is one of Cockers heroes evolves into its own form of musical life. 

Themes of biology and extinction recur throughout the album. The tracks, with Cocker, Steer and Smith joined by bassist Andrew McKinney, electronic musician Jason Buckle and drummer Adam Betts, were almost all fleshed out at gigs before being recorded, an evolutionary approach to songwriting. Sometimes I Am Pharaoh has a surreal, psychedelic edge, but the wildness isnt overdone. Am I Missing Something contrasts a playfully catchy electronic beat with guitars that shiver and shimmer, unresolved elements as Cocker ponders the mysteries of existence. 

MUST I EVOLVE? is a psychedelic mock-epic that travels, via a driving krautrock beat and swirling organ, from the big bang to an acid house rave. Swanky Modes revisits Camden, the milieu where the protagonist of Sorted for Es and Wizz got his pills before his own rave. This time the mood is minor key, a hushed ballad about people getting older but failing to change with the passing of time. The shift in style from the 1995 song shows that the opposite here is true of Cocker. With Beyond the Pale, he has finally managed to adapt to life after Pulp. 

Beyond the Pale is released on Rough Trade

 

 

 

 



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This is quite a thoughtful review:

https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2020/07/album-review-jarv-is-beyond-the-pale/



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www.stereogum.com/2090660/jarvis-cocker-beyond-the-pale-review/franchises/reviews/album-of-the-week/

Another good review

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These journalists can actually write and they know their stuff !

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« Beyond the Pale is his first album since an underwhelming outing with Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales in 2017 » erm what ? I stopped there.

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Yeah, I didn't like that adjective - I think understated is more accurate, but as much as I love that record, I can see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. And if we all agreed with each other, how boring would it be...

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Room 29 is a beautiful piece of music, its both smart and amusing. I fail to understand how anyone who liked Jarvis previous work would not like it.

Especially since the reviewer says he loves TIH. Its TIH unplugged. But still very Jarvis.

Understated is the word.

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andy wrote:

Room 29 is a beautiful piece of music, its both smart and amusing. I fail to understand how anyone who liked Jarvis previous work would not like it.

Especially since the reviewer says he loves TIH. Its TIH unplugged. But still very Jarvis.

Understated is the word.


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NME review

www.nme.com/reviews/album/jarv-is-beyond-the-pale-album-review-2707501

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Swanky Modes has always been the one I'm dying to hear the studio version of. A bit worried now after that review describes it as "whispered". C'mon Jarvis, we want you to sing !

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andy wrote:

« Beyond the Pale is his first album since an underwhelming outing with Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales in 2017 » erm what ? I stopped there.


I'm a diehard Jarvis fan, and i'd agree with that assessment. Room 29 is a slog to get through (think i've made it to the end twice).

On the other hand, Beyond The Pale is my favourite non-Pulp Jarvis album.



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timahall wrote:
andy wrote:

« Beyond the Pale is his first album since an underwhelming outing with Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales in 2017 » erm what ? I stopped there.


I'm a diehard Jarvis fan, and i'd agree with that assessment. Room 29 is a slog to get through (think i've made it to the end twice).

On the other hand, Beyond The Pale is my favourite non-Pulp Jarvis album.


 

 

Really ? It's pure Jarvis to me and the piano / music arrangements are really spot on, not other the top and very inventive. I gotta say i was a bit worried when they announced the "album about an hotel" concept. But it turned into a great audio series, each song is an adventure, and with only a piano, they managed to create a real atmosphere that changes from song to song. 

To me, it's an hidden gem. 

edit: heard Swanky modes finall, sourds like a Room29 outtake biggrinwink



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The LP is « available ». Lots to swallow in after one listen Although its only 7 tracks. I think i Will include Elvis, it could fit.



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Just had a first listen.

Naturally I love it. Need a few more listens for anything more detailed. 

Am I Missing Something feels much different to how it was in a cave.



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OK...second listen.

What surprised me is Children of the Echo - live I wasn't really fussed with it. Absolutely love it on record.

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Waiting for all those years to get 7 tracks! Is it a joke?



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andy wrote:
timahall wrote:
andy wrote:

« Beyond the Pale is his first album since an underwhelming outing with Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales in 2017 » erm what ? I stopped there.


I'm a diehard Jarvis fan, and i'd agree with that assessment. Room 29 is a slog to get through (think i've made it to the end twice).

On the other hand, Beyond The Pale is my favourite non-Pulp Jarvis album.


 

 

Really ? It's pure Jarvis to me and the piano / music arrangements are really spot on, not other the top and very inventive. I gotta say i was a bit worried when they announced the "album about an hotel" concept. But it turned into a great audio series, each song is an adventure, and with only a piano, they managed to create a real atmosphere that changes from song to song. 

To me, it's an hidden gem. 

edit: heard Swanky modes finall, sourds like a Room29 outtake biggrinwink



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-- Edited by andy on Thursday 16th of July 2020 02:16:57 PM


 Yeah, it doesn't keep my attention at all. I consider it a forgettable side project, not prime Jarvis like Beyond The Pale.



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The first couple of less than good reviews:

Pitchfork - I was close with my guess that they'd give it a 6.4!
pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/jarv-is-beyond-the-pale/

Shorter one from The Irish Times:

www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/jarv-is-beyond-the-pale-review-too-much-art-not-enough-commerce-1.4303250




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The album has entered the UK album charts at number 11. Nkt sure what that translates to in sales. Between three to five thousand at a guess. It was at number 8 in the midweeks.
Top ten in the physical and top five in the vinyl charts.

Of all the other new releases this week, the most comparable in terms of legend/legacy artist is The Pretenders new record which entered at 29. A little depressing that both were outsold by a reissue of a band both would have felt a kinship with - 40th anniversary of Closer by Joy Division.

It's Jarvis' highest album position since We Love Life. Further Complications got to number 19 but presumably recorded a similar number of sales to Beyond The Pale, given record sales have dropped quite a bit in the last decade.

I guess he/Rough Trade will be pretty happy after what was a fairly extensive promo campaign (a few dozen interviews,a billboard campaign, prime spots on national TV and radio...even a record store in Brighton decked out their front window in a Jarv Is...branded cave scene).



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You didn't even mention #2 in the cassette chart! I didn't even know cassettes still existed.

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Ha! I kinda like that he's happy/grateful and a little competitive about it.

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