“…Further Complications uses rawness and new energy to claw forward, getting closer and closer to that certain whatever-it-is-that-Jarvis-Cocker-should-be-doing-as-a-solo-artist something.”
Jarvis Cocker- Further Complications (Rough Trade)
Release: May 18th, 2009
by Benham Jones
Going solo after a long and influential career with a band puts someone like Jarvis Cocker against challenging expectations both artistically and commercially. The 2006 debut Jarvis shrugged off these worries in a sweet but completely benign way, relying on the warm belly of Britpop cleverness to give the record distinction on cuts like “Fat Kids” and “Cunts Are Still Running the World”. Most of Jarvis felt flat to me though, like a well-executed, beautifully sung curation of Damon Albarn, Badly Drawn Boy and, of course, Pulp. On the whole though, Jarvis left Jarvis kind of faceless, which is weird considering the singers’ completely iconic visibility in mainstream musical culture as a writer and collaborator (not to mention his [literal] iconic visibility as a six-foot-plus Poindexter). So, after that lukewarm platter, I was really excited to hear that Jarvis would be schlepping to Electrical Audio in Chicago to set up shop with Steve Albini of Nirvana/Big Black/Shellac fame and lay it down with his road tested rock band of the last few years.
The title track howls Albini immediately, with a crookedly ascending fuzz riff pounded into hard angles by a driving, almost tribal, backbeat. The hidden influence of Stevie Wonder shines through like sleazy dance funk until a wide-open breakdown drives the tune home. “Angela” is a nice little piece of freakbeat sweetmeat… please click here to continue reading this exciting review.
Benham Jones currently lives in New York City with his four year old cat Stella. He considers himself a writer, a filmmaker and a musician, although he also considers himself none of those things.