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This Is Hardcore

Pulp

1998

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This Is Hardcore
Album Summary

This Is Hardcore is the sixth album by English band Pulp, first released in March 1998. It came three years after their breakthrough album, Different Class, and was eagerly anticipated. In 2013, NME ranked it at number 166 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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3.15

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

What killed Britpop? The most common answer, Oasis' Be Here Now, has some merit: although in no way the turkey of legend, its hubristic, cocainistic bloat is obvious. Now, Oasis were the best, most important Britpop band, so a relatively weak album from them had to corrode the genre's reputation. But, of course, this is far too simplistic. Now you may not wish to admit it, but Blur were nowhere near as good as Oasis, and part of Britpop's collapse was due to them finally being rumbled. And, of course, the glut of charmless no-mark bands like Menswear, Kula Shaker and Blouse was ultimately the method of execution, a death by a thousand cuts. Also, the culture that blossomed around Britpop swiftly turned bathetic, all dodgy sideburns, four warm cans of Stella and Gail Porter flashing her spiders' legs. Finally, the fashion just inevitably changed, opening a flank for Radiohead to seize all the critical cachet with their own not-aged-too-well darling OK Computer. And then we have this, the follow-up to Pulp's era-totemic Different Class. Jarvis Cocker had founded Pulp as a teen in the late 70s and had stayed firmly lower-league for over ten years, but with Different Class, Pulp and especially Jarvis became stratospherically famous. With this, our Jarvis found that the success and the attendant women, charlie and notoriety he'd lusted after for so long didn't elate him, it emptied him. So, our Jarvis' next album developed a cynical, self-loathing edge. And that's the sticking point of this album: it doesn't want to be liked. It feels alienated by the whole world, so it seeks to alienate the whole world. This does not make the album bad; there are several good songs on it, especially the sordid, engrossing title track. But there is the occasional duffer (the almost parodic dance-infused Party Hard causes the listener to recoil), and more seriously, the whole atmosphere of the album is slightly yet wilfully hostile, as if the album just wants to be left alone. A note on the title track. One of our Jarv's fave songwriting tactics is to write a masturbation fantasy, usually but in no way exclusively in a romantic manner. Do You Remember The First Time, I contend, is written from the point of view of a lesbian wishing to resume an experimental fooling-around with a straight friend who is nowadays in a heterosexual relationship. Disco 2000 is a paean to tugging yourself off over the memory of the girl you had a crush on at school. But with This is Hardcore, the romance, the desire to connect with someone both emotionally and physically, is absent, and the song is just about wanking over porn. What development better indicates the album's coldness, compared to our Jarv's earlier work? This album is oft called not so much a cocaine album, but rather a cocaine-hangover album. Cocaine albums, such as Be Here Now, have a grim reputation for disaffecting self-indulgence, and this album still pushes the listener away, if for the perhaps nobler reason of disaffecting self-disgust. So what was Pulp's contribution to the death of Britpop? The smartest, wittiest (and perviest) band to flourish with Britpop came to hate it, and deliberately released an album that cut their own throat.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Back at it and today it’s pulpppp. I just listened to different class the other day and I loved it so I’m excited. First track the fear. Ok yes and yes thank you. The eerie backround. THE CHORUS AGHHHHHHEG. OH MY GOSH. I love the yelling in the back and the feeeling in his voice wowwww. The chords. Oooh some theremin I hear??? Ugh I love it so far so good. It’s like Halloween but your depressed because you got dumped. Mmmmmm I love this chorus. The oooohs wow. This meledy is so threatening I absolutely love it. And that guitar?? Excuse me sir?? So good. Next is track two party hard. Springy boingy ooh. Lowkey sounds like 80s david bowie. This ones not too bad. It’s kinda vanilla but I like it. Like robot disco or something. Eh that one was ok. I mean it was good don’t get me wrong but like I said, kinda vanilla. Next is track three I’m a man. Hmmmm never heard that song title before. I like the beginning guitar riff. Ooh yeah that guitar is nice. Ooh ok yes. THE CHORUS. The diminished chord HAHHHh. HAKFKDBHAJ. When he said mahhahahahahan. So great I love this one wow. It’s giving me chills. I JUST TURNED ON STEREO AUDIO AND WOW TEN MILLION TIMES BETTER. HEJAKAKAKLSLSLSLLPPPPQPAPPPAPPPPAPAPP. I’m relistening to it in stereo. Heck yeah. Ok no I’m not but I will later I don’t have time rn lolz. Track four is a little soul. Some piano this time niceee. Almost sounds like an 80s prom song. The lyrics don’t match that vibe tho hehe. Ooh yes those claps in the chorus?? I swear all these songs are good but then the chorus hits and they are GOOD. This one is really good too but it’s kind of poppy. SHOOT IT WAS ON SHUFFLE XX. Ok scratch what I said about the track numbers I just went 1, 3, 8,7. Now I’m technically on 10, Sylvia. THIS ONE HITS. Wow ahhhahahhajajjajajj. Ok so far I love this album so much even though it wasn’t in order (oops). Also pulp reminds me so much of blur (one of my favorite bands) so that’s a huge plus. When he says “what it’s got” I am in love. I love the resolution at the end. OK now it’s track two actually, dishes. Starts off with some 70s sounding keyboard and piano almost like bill withers. This one is happy sounding. This one is a little cheesy but it is very pretty and I like it. Kinda lovey dovey. “I am not Jesus tho I have the same initials” wot. Ok track 4, helped the aged. I like this one so far the bass line is nicee. Sparkles? I mean ok. ELECTRIC GUITAR. Of course some good chord changes it’s expected now. The piano is pleasant. Mmmmm. I love when his voice goes all falsetto. This song is so great. Now track 5, this is hardcore. I love the beat and the trumpets (I think they’re trumpets?) ooh and that one line piano goes perfectly with it. Oh wow this really IS hardcore. Menacing. A minute and a half intro alright. But it was an interesting intro it didn’t seem long at all. THE MELODY AND THE MENACING BACKROUND. The stringsssss ugh yes. When he said “action” whoa. Like one really low not on piano it’s so good. The bassssassasshshjsjabsbjak. Please pulp if I hear one more good chord progression or just good chord modulation I WILL cry. Leave some for the rest of us smh. Now track six TV movie. Something buzzing in the back with acoustic guitar and singing. Almost like your playing guitar in space. Oh there’s the rest of the band. Melts so smooth together. This one is really chill. I can’t even explain what was going on it that song but it was fantastic. Now track 9 seductive berry. First time I’ve heard a girl sing. This one is like you’re in a forest changing for a tribe or something. I think it’s pretty obvious what the songs about based on the title. This guy is so horny. Meh this ones alright. So corny. Yeah this ones weird. It’s like 8 minutes too??? I might skip sorry... yeah I skipped on to the next one. Track 11 glory days. Not the Bryan adams one. This one could totally be used in a coming of age movie. I like it it’s fun. Danceable and fun. Yeah that’s all there really is about this song it’s fun and danceable and I like it. Now it’s track 12. AbHuhahhau. This one is amazing. Can I say something about the chords again?? Gegegv this one is so good. That’s all there is to it it’s amazing and that electric guitar wow. Wowww. This ones giving me chills too. The outro is long but besides that that songs was so good. Ok now last one, like a friend. Ooh yes. Surfy sounding guitar. Kinda sad sounding but pretty. Sparkles again?? THE BASS YES. Some congo drums alright. “Kill me while you smile like a friend.” OOP PICKING IT UP I SEE. HYPEEEEE. Heck yeahhhh. I can’t get over the bass I’m literally gonna learn this song. Ooh yeah I really like this one. Oh wow that was a great song especially to end a great album. Yes the last part is so good. Ah. Ok I definitely rate this one 8/10 because it was SO GOOD but there were like two or three songs that were kinda meh. But overall this albums was so good ugh.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

This... is not hardcore. Not at all, in fact. It's a fairly ho-hum album. Most of the songs live in that in-between tempo that's neither up-tempo or down-tempo what I like to call lazy tempo. It's unchallenging and uninspiring. After the last Pulp album that I reviewed (Different Class), I expected more from this band. Unfortunately, it sounds like a college garage band that's REALLY into Bowie. Not the best listening experience. I was disappointed.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

I think there is a certain genius to Jarvis Cocker's sing/speak style and his lyrics. I can see how it's not everyone's cup of tea but I do enjoy the humor and his strange brand of bare it all brutal honesty and just the right amount of shock. There's an interesting balance of deep vulnerability being delivered with such posturing that it is somehow simultaneously both ironic and deeply heartfelt. All feels very autobiographical in a way that few artists let you into so intimately. He doesn't filter himself much and I'm sure he'd be a pain in the ass to hang out with and a mess in his personal life but he is able to reflect the internal dialogue of many states of mind that don't often get put into song in such a direct way. I feel like it takes repeated listens for it to really sink in. Easily my second favorite britpop group after Blur (even though I think that's a very vague and nearly useless term). "The day after the revolution" is certainly an audacious way to end an album. I really like some of the tracks on the bonus disc of the deluxe edition, perhaps even more than many tracks on the album. Tracks like "cocaine socialism", "we are the boys", and "can I have my balls back please".

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

I hadn't heard of this band. When I saw "THIS IS HARDCORE" I thought, oh lord, not hardcore music. It's a little weird to say, but I sure am glad they were referring to the other type of hardcore. Fuck the roses and doves, nothing says Happy  Valentines Day like a bit of Hardcore! 

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Sat Jun 19 2021
5

Controversially I prefer this to its older more popular sibling Different Class. Dark and introverted…. The Britpop hangover started here!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Probably my favourite undiscovered artist

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Just when I thought that I was going to be listening to boomer rock for three literal years, I come across this banger of an album. It feels like the album covers different genres from song to song, but the line that threads all of them together is a creative tour de force.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

This is a good one. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I like Pulp best of all Brit-pop bands. Now I’ll admit that as an American, I don’t know if that particular opinion means a damn thing, but from what I’ve heard, these guys are my favorite. The title track on this is just so far beyond good. The atmosphere it creates is sleazy as hell, yet strangely compelling in its payoff. This album will get 5 stars. Different Class is now officially 5.5

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

I like this. It is too long but my type of music. Weirdly nothing standout, no particular song is great. But the whole thing I can happily listen to.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

The Fear is quite catchy, Dishes lyrics are not convincing. Help the Aged also good. TIH buildup too long, Like a Friend has a great instrumentals. Overall not my thing, its mostly a watered down combination of Bowie and an above average rock-project. 5/10

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

more like 4.5, but I love this album and pulp

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Beautiful vocals and melodies! Britpop at its finest. The only song I didn't love was the one where not-Jesus did the dishes.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Best Bowie album not by Bowie.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

I love pulp… The album opens with one of pulps best songs the fear it’s a warning shot that things are gonna be darker compared to his n hers and different class! Cocker’s not Jesus ( but he has the same initials) that’s the message of dishes ( well there is more but that’s the most memorable bit) still though another amazing song. Party hard is one of the heaviest songs if cocker wasn’t singing in that monotone voice for the song it would be way too in your face but it’s still good. Help the aged is an amazing single and one of my favourites off the album! I love the chorus and how it works next to… This is hardcore is a 6 minute grandiose yet sleazy epic nothing bad about this song! TV movie though is a let down 😢 worst song on the album. A little soul pocks up on the quality from before great single I especially love the guitars at the start and the lyrics are cool ( especially the chorus as it’s fairly catchy). I’am a man is one of those “underrated” songs on this is hardcore it’s an amazing rocker with another catchy chorus what a banger! NO I DON’T KNOW NO NO NO, NO I DON’T KNOW is like the most memorable bit in 8 minute epic seductive barry it’s still a good song but would’ve been better as a 2-4 minute interlude-y song. Sylvia is a good acoustic piece of storytelling not necessarily one of my favourites but it’s still great, Glory days is good but when you hear cocaine socialism ( a b side with the same instrumental but different lyrics) this song drops in quality a little. The day after the revolution is good for the first 4 or 5 minutes then the last 10 is just a dumb way to fill up the rest of cd time. Anyway it’s still one of my favourites off the album! There are die hard grunge, jazz and hip hop loyalists that would probably hate on the album by saying something like “uuuugh another Britpop album” but no this isn’t that this is the signal of the end of Britpop a very different album from blur, oasis and suede’s classic albums like how they are all different from each other this ( and other britpop albums) need to start being seen as entities of their own that are as good as the “classic” albums of the 60’s-80’s. Anyway sorry for the rant I just get annoyed that people just moan when Britpop stuff gets generated for them. Oh yeah this is a 5/5.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

Wow, Different Class yesterday, the follow up today! His and Hers better be on here too! Better than both of these... Would need a sixth star. This was the difficult, dark follow up after game hit. And yet, it's actually gloriously poppy! This is Hardcore is a sprawling epic, A Little Soul is heartbreaking, Help The Aged sweet. Only Party Hard is a little dull.

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Mon Jan 23 2023
5

Hard, enjoyable, pretty filthy at times

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Mon Jan 30 2023
5

the track this is hardcore deserves 5 stars all on its own. i'm glad it wasn't accepted as the bond theme as its so much better being about mucky stuff than it is about a secret agent man.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

It’s a little bit David Bowie, and a little bit Bryan Ferry. It’s probably too long, but it’s still mostly very good. It’s stylish and lush in sound but behind the shiny veneer there’s an album full of uncomfortable truths about fame, success, and addiction. The moral of the story: be careful what you wish for because it might just come true.

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Fri Dec 29 2023
4

Listen to this one again, I didn’t get enough time with it the first trip through.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Enjoyed most of the songs but jesus 70 minutes, come on Jarvis!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Ok. Always thought Pulp were overrated TBH, which is a bit controversial when you live in Sheffield but they only had a couple of good tracks really. The rest got on my nerves a bit. Average.

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Mon Dec 25 2023
3

could i write poetry to this? probably

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Same initials as Jesus Christ, but cannot make water into wine. Pulp may not be able to make boring music exciting either. It is not entirely unacceptable that songs as poetry exist, but subpar music is. Pulp puts a lot of words to song and while one can appreciate the amount of creativity and talent it takes to be wordy and musical, Pulp falls short in keeping it interesting. It is understood that there are a lot of people who put value in the lyrics over the music, and that is fine and perhaps this is an album they will enjoy immensely. Pulp's wordy descriptions and near witticisms tell elaborate tales, the title track being exceptionally well told. However, songs have an expectation that poetry does not, and that is the music that accompanies it. Songs create a thesis in their chorus, details in their verses, supporting material in the bridges, with driven repetition. Poetry tends to progress and advance a narrative, and be a good read. In reading the lyrics to this, it was found to be a good read. It however was not so great a listen.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
2

Really boring and not at all what i thought when I read "this is hardcore". No songs stand out and the whole album just wasn't my style

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Fun album. Good voice, spectacular lyrics.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Wow. This was suprisingly fantastic. I did not expect it to be. Silly me :)

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Ovaj challenge mi je otkrio Pulp. Hvala na još jednom albumu!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

nakon šta san poslušala Different class, ništa manje nisan ni očekivala! iznenadilo me šta mi je čak nekoliko pisama poznato otprije, ali ovako slušajući cili album, ostavljaju upotpunjen dojam. Posebno me obradovala This is hardcore jer, za razliku od drugih pisama, ima istaknut klavir umisto gitare šta je neobično za ovaj đir glazbe. 4.5/5

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Loved this one! Possibly the best brit-pop album and one of the best British new wave albums I've heard. The music doesn't stand out all that much by itself and there were no real standout tracks. But it was just excellent as a whole. All of the elements really come together to turn elements that could be drawbacks into strengths - it's sleazy, but just the right kind of sleazy, it has an air or self-importance, but is convincing enough to pull it off, the vocals are frequently off-key, but the singer is skilled enough to make clear that it's on purpose. Count me a fan.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Now that's a fucking album. Another band I have heard of but never listened to. I've been missing out. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

So much better than I remember. At the time I thought This is Hardcore was luck lustre compared to Pulp's previous albums. It is just different and in many ways better. It is like a concept album focusing on a very British brand of sleaziness. I can almost smell the stale cigarettes, disinfectant, and vaseline as I listen to this album. Where I doubt I could listen to Common People again on a regular basis, I have now found a new Mellow album to wind down to in This Is Hardcore

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Wed May 18 2022
5

I like this. One of the most unique brit-pop I have listened to and I very much enjoy the theatrics. I wish it really was hardcore though.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

I’m going to be a bit generous, but here we go. 4.5 / 5

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

So, I have heard like, one Pulp song before in my life, and while I didn't mind it or anything, I had no particular hopes for this album. But I really liked this! Don't know if it's quite a true 5, but relative to what I expected, I'm happy to round up. Some slight Bowie-ish vibes that I really enjoyed.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Enjoyed this a lot. Great combination of varied alt rock songs with interesting lyrics.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

My 2nd or 3rd album on this thing was The Verve’s Urban Hymns. My review was something like, I only like slow Brit pop if it’s Pulp. This is the album I was referring to.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

“What exactly do you do for an encore? Cause this is hardcore” Accurate statement.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

A 90’s gem. Reminded me how sad I am I missed out on tickets for their new tour. I don’t think anyone tells a story in a song like Jarvis Cocker, and when he cranks up the emotion it’s like a punch in the stomach. It’s long, but I never got bored or wished it was shorter. A brave change too following Different Class, and definitely a more refined sound than almost all other bands of that Britpop era. They reckon this album finished Britpop. Good. It’s been a long time since I properly listened to this and even then there’s a good few songs I didn’t recognise. Sounds fresh. Sounds class.

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Mon Dec 19 2022
5

I LOVE love love this. How have I not listened to Pulp before?

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Sat Jan 21 2023
5

4.6 + Bold and full of intrigue! "The Fear", "This is Hardcore" and "Seductive Barry" paint vast cinematic soundscapes filled with lush strings. Cocker explores sexual deviance, desires that builds to self-loathing climax followed by guilty aftershock. We see "stagnant waterbeds" and "what men in stained raincoats pay for." Along the way, we also hear about the ravages of time ("Help the Aged") and existential ennui ("Dishes"). But, for me, the true stunner is "Sylvia" - such an extravagantly sincere ballad complete with a hooky chorus, scintillating guitar solo, and massive coda.

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Mon Jan 30 2023
5

Here's comes Billy Boy with his head like a cement mixer and horror movie smile. Look at him performing backflips for the crowd outside of the back of Tesco. He makes me feel sick to my stomach. His propeller mouth and his bulging belly hanging out over his tight jean shorts. A short-sighted lager swigger, with flame hair, drooling at the sight of the penguins dancing in the blizzard.

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Fri Feb 03 2023
5

1998. The bloom of Britpop has faded. The main characters are either in hiding or falling apart. Princess Diana is dead. Cool Britannia is officially on ice. Jarvis Cocker is aware of this. At one point, Pulp were one of biggest bands in Britain after years of being under the radar. His N' Hers and Different Class had propped and pushed them into stardom. Yet this is different. This is altogether new. This is exhilarating. This is suffocating. This is sleazy. This is uneasy. This is offensive. This is hardcore. Pulp's highest of highs were complimented by the lowest of lows. Long sojourns towards the deepest depths of despair and debauchery were allowed. The lonely and sexually frustrated housewives were replaced by distant fathers, forgotten lovers and memories of a golden age. Pulp were no longer playing things safe (and never did, to be honest), they had gone off the deep end. And it was for the best, for their penultimate album is perhaps the best statement they have made. What exactly would we do for an encore? It's best that we shall not know.

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Wed Feb 15 2023
5

Really enjoyed that - opened my ears up to Pulp. Quite melodic in place and shows there's more to them than 'Common People' which still seems to get overplayed all these years on....

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Mon Feb 20 2023
5

The most grim Britpop album ever. Brilliant.

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

Pulp’s masterpiece. Beautifully constructed pop songs with a surprising undercurrent of paranoia and, well, The Fear. The darkness seems to come from Cocker actually achieving his dream of music stardom and critical acclaim only to be hit by - what next? What was that ambition otherwise hiding from me, lurking in the shadow? What did I think that would fix? And here the answer - or the response - on record. The arrangements and orchestrations are sublime and the band’s performances are truly excellent. A great work of art, with a band progressing from observation on Different Class to introspection on This is Hardcore. Magnificent and a worthy come down album to the highs of BritPop. RIP Steve Mackey.

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Mon Apr 10 2023
5

oh how i love pulp!!! enormement...

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Tue Apr 25 2023
5

A bit of good old brit pop, the fears gotta be one of the best songs ive heard.

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Tue Apr 25 2023
5

Loved it. Not sure what to day. It was idiosyncratic, dynamic, had a bunch of nuance. And the long held chord outro on the final track? Chef's kiss.

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Thu Jun 15 2023
5

A Lovely followup to their "breakthrough" album this is just strange enough to want me to listen over and over again!

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Fri Jul 07 2023
5

I think I can count Pulp pas the band I'm most glad I discovered as part of this exercise. I was teetering on 4/5 for this, but as I'm about to go back and listen to this and Different Class again, right now, it's got to get the 5 for stoking my interest.

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Mon Jul 10 2023
5

only could find this one song. liked the songc

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Tue Aug 01 2023
5

10/10 damn, I loved the other Pulp stuff I’ve heard, but this is peak

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Fri Oct 06 2023
5

Good album i think almost as good as Different class

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Thu Oct 19 2023
5

I came to Pulp quite late, about uni time, they are now probably in one of my top 3 bands, Jarvis's lyrics and voice are just amazing, I love the storytelling in his songs. This album I haven't listened to as much as His 'n' Hers and Different Class but still love it. TV Movie is so sad, listened to that one a few times. The last track Like A Friend is v good as well, makes me think of a lot of past interactions

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Thu Oct 19 2023
5

I love Pulp, they are great. I love the lyrics, they are so simple and to the point usually. Jarvis' voice is so iconic and the general theme is excellent throughout. I prefer Different Class to This is Hardcore but it's still a banger

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

Pulp is a still low key gem, they never became huge but they sure are great

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Solid outing and a great sound.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

Bowie/costello/weezer/new wave vibe

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

I like this energy and these lyrics. "The Fear" is a strong start to this album. "Dishes" follows up by somehow being both silly and serious. Love the title track too! Surprised by how much I liked this album.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
5

On Pulp's arguably most mature release they move a little away from in-your-face catchiness for a more cerebral, sensual, sweaty play. There is some distinctly nasty tone to everything and that makes it all just oh so much more voluptuous.

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Fri May 31 2024
5

Well, they are my favorite so I am biased and of course this is perfect. What an amazing follow-up to another perfect album (Different Class). I don’t mind skipping ‘Seductive Barry’ though, and I infinitely prefer the version of ‘Like A Friend’ that’s on the soundtrack to A Life Less Ordinary, but that’s just a minor gripe.

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Tue Jun 11 2024
5

I had Pulp's Different Class on this list now almost 3 years ago. And where that album was upbeat, clever, but sneering, this album is a completely different beast. In opener 'The Fear' Jarvis Cocker warns: "This is the sound of someone losing the plot Making out that they’re okay when they’re not You’re gonna like it but not a lot" This album has been one of the slowest growth albums in my collection. I disliked it when it came out. It was too slow, too dark. I didn't know where to go with this. It sounded completely different than the last three Pulp albums. Over the years this album has become much more than that. It's a musical version of a Film Noir, it's heartbreaking. Musically it's not always tight, it sometimes even feels a bit chaotic, and that might have to do with the departure of guitarist Russell Senior. The lyrics are incredible and painful, and the music helps to enhance that feeling. Looking back, we're listening to the swan song of Brit-pop. "The sound of loneliness turned up to ten"

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Mon Oct 12 2020
4

I don’t have a fully formed opinion on it yet after my fourth listen. But I like it and am gonna keep trying. I appreciate the Roxy-isms and that final track is a thing of beauty.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
4

Finally something interesting haha

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

This was nice. The music was mellow and melodious and it brought me into a good headspace.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

More modern, less Britpoppy than for example Oasis and Blur. Liked it a lot, especially the second half of the album. However due to the slow first half, I have to award a 4 instead of a 5

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Had no idea what to expect and boy was that just great! Many great songs on here that were really just a vibe and the opening/closing songs are *chef's kiss*. It was a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

This was a super fun pop-rock album that sounds like an influence to Kirin J Callinan.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

I really liked the album but did not listen to the whole thing.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Very keen to dive deeper into these guys. Bowie like in its melodrama but hilarious and meta and not taking its self seriously at all.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

pretty decent. felt like it was trying to hard to have a unique sound

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

a little melodramatic, but also really lovely. if im gonna be a 90s cliche, its this or the cranberries

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Decent British arty pop-rock music. I think I liked the vibe of the album more than I did the actual music. Could definitely see this as a strong 3 instead of the 4 I gave.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Definitely not hardcore. But I liked it.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Un altre gran clàssic. Per mi, l'àlbum definitiu de Pulp, el que millor mostra les qualitats i els excessos d'aquesta banda. I el que té la seva obra mestra, "This is hardcore", per mi el seu millor tema, arriscat, ambiciós, colpidor i encertadíssim. L'àlbum comença amb "The fear", hereva directa del seu anterior "Different class", i continua amb un "Dishes" antològic. "Party hard" baixa una mica el nivell i després arriba "Help the aged", el sorprenent primer single de l'album. Després del tema central i capdal del disc, el nivell baixa una mica però encara una recta final notable, que culmina amb una impactant "The day after the revolution". Bones sensacions amb el retrobament d'aquest disc, ple de bons temes i un parell d'obres mestres.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Darker than what you expect from a Pulp album. maybe 3.9 but very good

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Fabby album. Unexpectedly good

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

It's going to be a bit difficult for me to review this record impartially. I was around when it came out and I pretty much accepted it as a masterpiece along with the rest of the world at the time, but here goes. ...And the Gods Made Love starts out the album with some primitive slowed down speech, flanging, stereo effects and the like, but even here, a high level of artistry and imagination is apparent. The first proper song, Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) blends rock, soul, and psychedelia seamlessly, with a flowing melody and changes which are as surprising as the seem inevitable. Cross Town Traffic gives us a jolt of pure pop. The low tech and inspired use of a comb and a piece of cellophane provides the vocal effects. Hendrix and Stevie Winwood (on organ) provide a master class in electrifying the blues on Voodoo Child that hasn't been approached, much less equalled since. I'm also amazed by how the musicians, seemingly communicating telepathically, improvise much of the music, building and building the drama and intensity throughout the 15 minute run time, without a wasted second. Hendrix's phrasing and tone are phenomenal on this live in the studio track, and Winwood comes close to matching him. Finally, with Little Miss Strange, we get a tune which is merely very good. Noel Redding's lead vocals are a little wimpy here, but it's a charming tune nonetheless. With Long Hot Summer Night, Hendrix is back to combining soul and rock in his unique way. Don't let the ease with which it goes down blind you to the complexity and taste of the composition and arrangement. Come On (Let The Good Times Roll) is a straightforward blues tune, good but nothing special. Hey, they can't all be great! Gipsey Eyes and Burning of the Midnight Lamp are accessible but wholly original, a neat trick. Midnight Lamp features Hendrix's mastery of the wah-wah pedal. The next suite, which took up a whole album side in the days of vinyl, gives us a demonstration of Hendrix's studio wizardry. It's been a long time since I've listened to this album. I've forgotten how effortless and soulful Hendrix was as a singer, composer and guitarist. Rainy Day, Dream Away gives us a stoned paean to rainy days, which drifts into the groove of the lyrics on 1983...(A Mermaid I Should Turn Out To Be). It meanders with a purpose, if that makes sense. It's blissed out meditation, pure music. I could go on, but I think y'all get the point. I haven't even talked about the incredible tango psychedelic rock hybrid House Burning Down or the definitive version of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower, the album's big hit yet. I don't know what drugs Hendrix was taking, but I want some! He does more with a primitive studio, standard rock trio instrumentation, and an occasional sax or organ than almost anyone has since, and this without the benefit of anyone blazing his path for him! The studio trickery, his approach to the guitar, his arrangements, all of it is unique to him! And he reached these heights in a scant few years! Electric Ladyland is more flat out astonishing with the benefit of 50 years of hindsight than it was at the time and that is saying something. 5 out of 5.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Pulps finest album, gets better as it progresses, lyrically brilliant as always

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

In turns bleak, brilliant and hilarious.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Good. Lots of variety, well-produced, would do again.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

A gorgeous and clever album that allows Pulp to transcend the Brit pop genre and cement Cocker’s status as a bit of a genius

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Sexy som bare det! Kule tekster, helt spesiell stemning. Likte spesielt tittelsporet, dishes og like a friend (selv om den egt er bonusspor). *I am not Jesus, though I have the same initials*

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Glory days makes it a 4star on its own

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

-Lots sounds like David Bowie, and 1 or 2 like Pink Floyd -Some interesting tracks

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Good background music and also interesting

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Fri May 07 2021
4

I love the music, dislike the voice of the singer. He’s not very good and he’s very serious

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Great album. Another band I hadn't heard that I really should have.

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