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Jarvis

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Debra Hurford Brown/Camera Press/Retna

Fears that incipient middle age has mellowed the misanthropy of Pulp’s ex-frontman Jarvis Cocker are allayed by his solo album. Death at the hands of bloated thugs (”Fat Children”), romantic delusion (”Baby’s Coming Back to Me”), and a chirpy rumination on evil (”From A to I”) are among his lyrical preoccupations on Jarvis. As Pulp’s ”Common People” proved, Cocker’s caustic observations cut deepest when married to hummable tunes. Best are lacerating hidden track ”Running the World” and glam-rock cruncher ”Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time.” B

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