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This is Hardcore





This Is Hardcore 4

Oh dear. Each single I heard from this album made me despair. And the album is simply the sum of those singles and more. This is a mere shadow of the exceptional "Different Class" album which was scarcely off my system a couple of years ago. That album showed Jarvis Cocker as a witty, biting songwriter, capable of bouncy and epic songs. This is a mere shadow of that album. At times the lyrics degenerate into schoolboy humour and many of the lines are plainly embarrassing rather than sharp and incisive. Cocker is trying to be too grown-up, too clever and too worldly-wise. What we have is pastiche of the worst kind. It is one of the biggest disappointments for many years.