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This Is Hardcore

Pulp

1998

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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Rating

3.14

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5076

Genres

  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie
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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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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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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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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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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 Feb 02 2021
5

Probably my favourite undiscovered artist

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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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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

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

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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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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Not great not terrible

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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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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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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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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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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 Jun 07 2021
5

Fun album. Good voice, spectacular lyrics.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

I love this album.

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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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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Best Bowie album not by Bowie.

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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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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Jarvis H. Tapdancing Cocker

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Unbelievable beauty

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Not bad. I enjoyed this.

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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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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Really enjoyed this albums from this band I knew little about. Had a the National vibe

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Pretty dang enjoyable. I'm actually really surprised how short this feels despite the long run time. One of the better Brit albums from the 90's that I've heard.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Controversially, my second favourite Pulp album!

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Not what I expected overall honestly. I think each song had its own vibe, and man it's catchy and different. It's a solid piece of work.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

This was a trip. I enjoyed the album. Very wide soundscapes.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Its no Different Class. A bit too long. Best: Help The Aged, This Is Hardcore, I'm A Man.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

If this killed britpop I don't want it to live

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

This was going to be 5 based on the first four tracks but then I felt it went downhill a bit and became a bit whiny/samey.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

One of the more interesting UK Alt. Rock albums that I've listened to. Lots of relationship issues in the lyrics. CAN I HAVE MY BALLS BACK PLEASE?

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Amazing. Not what I, or anyone else, expected after Different Class, but really really good. Probably suffered at the time from how good their last few albums had been. A little soul, help the aged, & the title track stand out, but every song has something interesting

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Well first impression...I think I like this album better than Common People. Lots of good songs, more dramatic sounding than that other album. 3.75 🌟

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Always meant to give them a chance and happy to listen to this

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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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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Album is weird and not something I would’ve ever found on my own. Really dope and different, super glad I got to listen to it.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

A little long, but very impressive work. I especially liked the use of layering on the tracks Favorites: "The Fear", "This Is Hardcore", "A Little Soul"

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Nakon dva poslušana albuma, drago mi je da san se priključila ovome i otkrila ih ☺️

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

It’s not quite Different Class

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Love the band. So tart and peppy, ragged-edged and sarcastic. Not sure it's my favorite Pulp, but a pleasure to listen to. Takes itself with precisely the right level of seriousness, with the perfect dash (or seven) of irony. Plus, it holds up well musically.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

i like pulp

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

sounds like damon

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Cool alt rock album

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

For me, it's not their very best. Still very good

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Pretty cool. Still I don’t think I’ve come to appreciate pulp fully but I’m getting there. The end of “the day after the revolution” also sounds just like the beginning of “Mr Roboto” by Styx- is this just me or????

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Wasn't feeling the singers voice at first but this really grew on me. I suspect there are better pulp albums out there.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Rätt nice!

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Cet album nous a présenté le dur combat du chanteur Pulp face a l'âme de Elvis Costello. En effet, le chanteur en question arbore à son coup un des objets du Millenium, à savoir le puzzle, qui renferme en son sein l'âme d'Elvis Costello. Dans la plupart des instants de vie du chanteur, rien n'est à signaler, comme notamment sur le premier son, où ce dernier nous offre une très belle performance. Seulement, par moments, Elvis Costello tente de prendre le contrôle, ce qui peut être facilemetn identifié sur certains refrains de l'albums, où la voix du chanteur déraille totalement. Cela n'empiète heureusement pas trop sur la qualité de cet album, auquel j'accorde la note de 4/5.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

Never heard of this band but apparently they’re big! Pretty good album, no big complaints besides I guess the bias towards the sort of crooning male singer that this list has.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Darker and less poppy than earlier releases, this was a very enjoyable listen with some witty lyrics

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

3.5/5 Britpop rock album. Fairly pleasant melodic instrumentals. Vocals a bit boring and longwinded. Nothing standout, it's fine in the background.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Tbh I liked Different Class more, but this album also stand on his own. Pulp represents a lot the 90's britpop, it's like a fusion of Roxy Music and Bowie, so ofc my ears will be happy. 7/10 Favorite songs: The Fear, TV Movie,

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Big Bowie vibes. I really enjoyed this album and it's a band I've never heard of so that's awesome. Great diversity in the songs.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Enjoyed this. Had a bit of a Bowie-esque sound to it.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Kinda dope. Voice turns me off

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Having been a britpop powerhouse for the past few years, Pulp was ready to move on to more ambitious music. Different Class was a big album for Pulp, examining the modern English culture on a backdrop of catchy rock tunes for the masses. The truth is that Pulp loves to reflect everyday people and their everyday lives. Party Hard, for example, would show us English nightlife a whole decade before Arctic Monkeys could put pen to paper for their debut album, and do it way better. There's a certain Bowie influence in the sophisticated vocals, and sexual undertones. Goddamn is Pulp sexual. I've yet to see a band so committed to being horny. It's not erotic or good either, it's aesthetically creepy. But the overall product is so well executed, it's hard not to enjoy this monolith of an art rock piece.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

amazing. not what i, or anyone else, expected after different class, but really really good. probably suffered at the time from how good their last few albums had been. My favourite song is 'a little soul'; 'help the aged' & the title track stand out too, but every song has something interesting 4 🌟

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

👎👍 maso

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

I only really heard the 2 previous fan fave albums (Diff Class, and His'n'Hers) which both have hits have a glib humour about them. This is much darker and at times is brooding and gorgeous. Will play again. 4

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

Overall enjoyed it, except for a couple of tracks. The three track run at the end are the best songs on the album for sure.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

pretty good!

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Another band I never had the inclination to explore and I'm here listening to this before Different Class which is not a good idea according to the reviews. 1/ yes it does sound like Bowie. 2/ yes it does sound jade and burnt out.......I like that. 3/ Is it neither good nor bad? To be honest 'average' Pulp is still better than a lot of bands. The lyrics are engaging and the music varied and interesting. So yes I guess I'm converted.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

I had really high expectations for this album after hearing the title track on an indie radio a year ago and giving Different Class a perfect score. I do think it's another great entry with a darker, more mature sound, but the songs don't hit me as they did with Different Class. There are a lot of ideas that miss the mark here. "Seductive Barry" is a 9-minute epic that repeats itself, and although I quite fancy the dreamlike sound, there isn't enough variation for repeated listens, and most people just end up skipping it. I understandably hardly see much appreciation for it online. The other songs are not much better at this, with 11 songs over a 69 minute album, over half the tracks go on for 5+ minutes. And with its moderate energy and lack of personality, it leaves you a bit dissatisfied and wanting more. Different Class had incredible songwriting and naughty lyrics, and although the writing is fantastic in some songs like "Dishes", I found most of them here to be quite tame. But at the end of the day, I do think this is a collection of really good songs. "Fear" is a haunting opener that reminds me of Arcade Fire. "Dishes" is a beautiful entry with interesting instrumentation (has strings, a vibraphone, and a bit of a jazz touch) and emotional lyrics. "Party Hard" sounds like something off Bowie's Berlin Trilogy, as I really dig the high energy and distortion. "Help the Aged" is the most accessible song, sounding like it came off Different Class, with cool synths and trip hop effects, but otherwise my least favorite off the first side. "This is Hardcore" gives me goosebumps and is definitely one of their best songs. "TV Movie" is a bit underwhelming but I like the folk vibes. "A Little Soul" has nice psychedelic instrumentation but doesn't fit with the energy of the vocals and piano which almost feels like a generic pop hit. "I'm a Man" is the most Britpop track on here, and I like it but pretty forgettable. I already talked about "Seductive Barry", which I enjoy, and sounds like a song by The Verve. "Sylvia" is alright, and I do like the busy instrumentation but not much else. Not a big fan of the closer "Glory Days" but it's alright and I'd vibe to it as a standalone piece. I had to describe all the songs to help me determine whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, and I think I'm inching toward the 4 stars. In the end, I could comment on something unique about each of them, which is enough reason for me to revisit the whole record and see my appreciation grow with repeated listens.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

very nice britpop album

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

How. How can an album be that long and that good. I loved it - Pulp have a really fun, nuanced and profound way with words, and it's really echoed in the music they make

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

I like the hardcore punk-rock ballads. The song writing, instrumentation, and structure were fantastic. I enjoyed these songs, but they weren’t all that memorable or catchy in the long run. 4/5

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

good

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

This is not hardcore, mais cest très bon pareil! Je connaissais pas le groupe, belle découverte, meme si l'album est inégal. Il commence alternatif/expérimental, mais rapidement il tombe dans du plus mainstream. Cest bon pareil!

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

A fun bop of an album

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

I completely missed pulp back in the 90s. I've recently listened to different class for the first time and thought it was great. This is good too but different. Took a few listens. I can't really pick out anything in particular but there was something about it Help the aged was the only song I was familiar with but by no means the best Will be listening to this again

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

I had a bit of a negative view going in - I missed Pulp when they were big, but rather enjoyed the album as a whole. His singing has a certain style to it that lends itself to the melancholy numbers. The composition of the songs is overall excellent.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

First pulp album I've listened to, always dismissed them a bit but this was really interesting, the hour run time went by quickly. Would like to hear this again and more pulp in general.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

It's strange that the title track is not available on Apple Music.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Started kinda crap but slowly get better.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Not all that interesting

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Not bad. A little boring not a whole lot of catchy or mind blowing stuff, nothing that bad either

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

5

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

I didn’t hate it

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Not my usual sound, but definitely has some bangers!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Strong start instrumental. I know a few Pulp songs (Common People, Disco 2000) and those are pretty good. First track is pretty good. I like that background vocal ahhh-ohhh. The e-bowed/sustained guitar that sounds synth-y is nice. First track reminds me of early Muse actually, mostly the falsetto and electric guitar. Nice outro too. One thing I like is watching Pulp video, cause the singer is quite an expressive performer, although some of it is likely cause he is so damn British, if he were American I'd probably be annoyed. I'm switching over to the deluxe version now cause I'm curious. Well, that was maybe not the best decision. After the first song the album has fallen off for me, shame. Not a single other song does anything for me.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Quite hard, but not too hardcore

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Ok album. Lots of whispering singing. Some interesting lyrics ("the professional") the instrumentals are good.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Meh. Not impressed. Lyrics were still witty af.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

i'm going to have to look up the meaning of the titl, because by my current understanding, there is no definition of hardcore that this actually is. that said, it was fun enough to hang out with, for sure.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

It's got some good songs - not my particular jam, but I can see why this is a respected album. Wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it, but a great sound

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Hab ich noch nie gehört, nice Ist auch eher softerer Rock aber gut! Einen Song gespeichert. Turns out mein soft rock heißt eigentlich Alternative :D

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Maybe some songs in the album, Like The Fear, are so great that makes the other songs look less good than they are.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Very much like Radiohead.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

The album starts off very slow, but the second half picks up nicely and I found myself enjoying it at that point. While I am not crazy about the sound, I am intrigued and would like to check out more Pulp music.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

Hit and miss but when it hits, it really hits. Leaning towards a 3.5.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

There is no reason for some of these songs to be so long. 5

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Hi: The Fear, Help The Aged Lo: Seductive Barry I went in to this one because I truly enjoyed A Different Class, however This is Hardcore starts off strong, but somehow devolves into just standard brit-pop. The Fear is introspective and invades your space (in a good way), Help The Aged is pleading because old folks were once just like you... but then Seductive Barry comes off as sultry, but ends up just being long and meandering, The Day After the Revolution suffers about the same fate. Like A Friend starts off meandering and ends up stronger and brighter, but isn't enough to save the B-side of this overall less-than-stellar album by Pulp. Still good, and if songs from this album appeared in my British Invasion station, I probably wouldn't skip them, but I also wouldn't seek them out.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Hearing this in the shower I thought I was listening to Diamond Dog out takes. Lots of Bowie & Roxy influences. I prefer the drawn out, dirge-ier, pieces like Seductive Barry & the title track.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Ok

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

6. Some interesting songs, but too fucking long

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

There’s moments I liked (last song!) but it just sounds so pretentious, energy is low, and it was way too long. 5

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Slow at first

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Pulp is leagues ahead of Oasis and Blur in my internal Britpop rankings, but I don't think this is their strongest album. Some excellent tracks, but it doesn't quite hit with as much urgency as Different Class or His N' Hers. Rating: 3.5/5 Favourite song: The Fear

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Wed May 05 2021
3

This really feels like a record I should enjoy more. The production is lush, but dark and Jarvis Cocker has some really cutting lyrics throughout. But, a lot of it blended together for me, so it's a bit of a confusing listen for me. Fav Tracks: TV Movie and The Fear.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Minor Threat is hardcore. This was okay. Love Jarvis Cocker’s voice but wasn’t as much energy here as I’d hoped.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Banda inglesa de rock pero no el disco más conocido de ellos. No lo había escuchado concienzudamente y me ha gustado más de lo que esperaba.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Ganske lett å glemme, husker ikke så mye dagen derpå. Føler det var ganske standard rock. Eneste sangen jeg husker er den derre vaske sangen, merkelig å skrive sang om å vaske...

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Only really listened to one song

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Not nearly as hardcore as I was expecting, though I'm glad.

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Sat May 22 2021
3

I thought this album was intersting. I enjoyed the song "The Fear", but I didn't enjoy the rest of the album as much. Each song is quite neat though.

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Alright weirdo rock

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Bootleg Radiohead.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

From the first song, I felt like I was listening to a different version or sequel to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Enjoyable in places.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

As always first and foremost, I listen to the music first. Lyrics don't really resonate with me very regularly. Cockers' lyrics are clean and clear and easy to understand but it was the music that caught me with this album. Yet another 90s Alt-Rock win to the Poms.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Seductive Barry, Sylvia, Fear

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

Cool. Jeff did a cover of "Dishes"

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

There’s a weird Nick Cave/Tom Waits/even Chris Isaak quality to this but I’m not sure I like it. I think I will have to roll it again to figure it out. But I also kinda don’t want to, first impressions being what they are. Dunno. An enigma. Or an off day for me. Note to self: try it again someday.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Knew of Different Class (and especially "Common People"), but this album was an introduction for me. Surprised by how much I'm enjoying the Dickens out of it. Not sure why a 14 minute closing song was necessary.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

The 90s vibe is there and sprinkles of experimental arrangements or use of instruments but it just didn't catch me.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

Net als het vorige album, ben ik niet overwegend enthousiast. Ook niet slecht.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

De track 'this is hardcore' is dan wel echt geweldig, maar dat neemt niet weg dat de rest mij toch niet echt helemaal kan overtuigen.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

The sex album.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Nothing on here standing out at all, even on a second listening. Inoffensive enough though

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

An interesting album, very different to the excellent Different Class. More Bowie-esque. Worth listening to a few times. A bit long. Currently I'm giving it 3.5, but this might increase with familiarity.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
3

buen disco

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

3/5

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Hadn’t heard the song ‘Help the Aged’ since about 2000 when Ali G freestyled over the top of Jarvis. Very funny, he was a childish supporter of the band. Didn’t mind it. The outro is still going as a write

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Jo men ändå bra. Nära en fyra men kändes spontant som om det saknas något som tar det över gränsen.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

9/16 3.5/5. Another beautifully produced album from Pulp, the second half after the title track started to lose me but there were hardly any dull moments throughout this project. Standout Tracks: Dishes, Help the Aged, This Is Hardcore

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Liked it a lot more than I thought I would as I imagined it as a Punk-ier album. Really nice atmosphere/vibe on the longer tracks, even the extended outro

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

I liked it, but it dragged on a bit

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

10. This is Hardcore - Pulp. 12 Tracks. Quite an enjoyable listen. There was a nice flow to this and I'm not actually a Pulp fan. It was... soothing and melodic which is not at all what I think of when I think of Pulp. Well worth a listen. 3/5

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Average

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

3 Mehs..

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

I had never heard of Pulp before. It took me a while to get into this one, but I'm not really sure why. It's like a mix between Blur and U2 (and maybe a little bit of Weezer). I also heard a few flashes of Radiohead, actually - but that may be just because Kid A was just a few days back. I think part of what made it difficult to get into was I wasn't sure if they were trying to be serious or a little tongue-in-cheek. My favorite track was A Little Soul - "I could show you how to do it right I used to practice every night on my wife Now she's gone" Great line. That is still making me laugh for some reason. I'd go as high as a 4 on this, but I think that's partly influenced by hearing it for the first time. The baritone vocals and general weirdness might wear on me in subsequent listens.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Očekivo sam bolje jer jebiga PULP, al svida mi se

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Iznenadio me je album, nisam očekivao da će mi se sviditi - skoro većina. Inače mi ne sjedaju baš (naspram koliko ih dižu u nebo), ali opet ne mogu reći da su loši. "I like this one that says some pulp." - Tony Soprano

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Subdued and cynical follow-up to the rebellious and romantic Different Class, but the sweetness is still there.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

There seems to be a lot of Brit-pop on this list. I feel similarly about most of it - good, listenable, well produced, catchy, well-crafted pop songs, but not overly interesting or unique. Most of it seems to fall into the 3 star category for me, and this one is no exception.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Not so much Pulp as pith and vinegar

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

"Interesting" is really all I can come up with Highlight Tracks: 1, 2, 6, 12 (minus the 6 minute final note)

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

This band is so middle of the road and forgettable that I was like “never heard of these guys wonder if they’re any good”, and then I realized I heard an album by them from this list like less than a month ago!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Overstayed its welcome, but pretty decent.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Interesting

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Wow, there really is a lot of Britpop on this list. But Pulp are one of the few worthwhile bands from that scene. "Different Class", their more celebrated album, is also on the list. "This is Hardcore" has a more world-weary, less quirky style of songwriting. The sound is more "mature", but less attention-grabbing. I've always liked Jarvis Cocker's vocals and his writing. However, there is a queasy dreariness to the album, which I find in so much 1990s British pop/rock. Overall, I enjoyed revisiting this, but I wish it wasn't over an hour long, as it does end up dragging. 3.5*

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Britpop-rock. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Interesting choice for a Pulp album. I'd probably have gone Different Class myself. Wow. Party Hard is such a relief! Some good tracks in here. I'm actually genuinely surprised to see it in the 1,001 albums list because while Pulp were clearly an incredibly influential part of the 1990s British music scene.... This is not their best work.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Pretty interesting 90s art rock album which sounds kind of like a blend between a post glam vibe mixed with 90s punk pop, on the high side of3 stars

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

3.5 for me

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Enjoyed

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

It was enjoyable listening. Noting truly did stand up after the first listening.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

Empiezo a pensar que 1000 discos son demasiados. En mi opinión hay mucho relleno. Por ejemplo este disco. Si a mí que me gustan Pulp no lo considero imprescindible a todos los que no les atraiga el Pop de los 90 les parecerá un churro. Están bien Party hard o This is hardcore.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

I like Different Class by Pulp and have listened to it in full numerous times, but I'd never really explored beyond that. I don't mind the vocals, but overall this album is just too long and doesn't have that song to bring you in like Common People.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

first listen kinda just alright britpop

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

The good: Has some great tracks. Party Hard sounds like a lost Bowie song, Help The Aged has a good chorus and passionate vocals, This Is Hardcore is very theatrical and intriguing, and A Little Soul is a nice acoustic ditty. The bad: Overall its 20 minutes too long. Why does the last song feature 10 minutes of the same keyboard sounds. Half of the songs are either boring or sound similar to songs preceding it. And afterwards it feels like I gave a mental birth. To sum it up, this has some good songs but overall too boring to listen in full. Would give it 5/10 if I could.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

2.5 stars

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Tue Mar 29 2022
3

I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It was just...kind of there. I'll give this album a bit of credit for getting slightly better as it goes along. The first 4-5 opening tracks were pretty weak imo. Giving this an extra star for having a couple of bops. But definitely not one I'd return to over and over. Fave track: It's a Dirty World

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

This is my second Pulp album in two weeks and what I've gathered is that they're the horniest band on Earth. These guys LOVE singing about sticking their penis into female orifices (too often nonconsensually as well). I'm too asexual for this, sorry. I think I liked this a bit more than Different Class and I gave that a 3/5, so same for this one. Favorite track was probably "Help The Aged". [Insert Bowie comparison here] [Insert "Suede is better" here] [Insert complaint about whispering here]

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

I didn't like this one as much as Different Class, but it had some good songs. A lot of it felt like filler though.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

It’s an alright album. The singing reminds me of Kirin J Callinan with the humor swapped out for sensualness. Some fun tracks but then certainly some duds as well. 5/10

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Stylish. But inconsistent.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Eh- felt like they would be great live and something didn’t translate

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