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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pulp - It

Released : April 1983
Recorded : Input Studio, August 1982, Victoria Studios, December 1982, Southern Studios, 13 January 1983
Genre : Indie pop
Length : 25:32 (37:46 with bonus tracks)
Label : Red Rhino
Producer : Simon Hinkler

It is a gentle, mainly acoustic album that gives very few signs to the musical directions Pulp would later pursue. Lacking any hint of synthesizers or dance music, the album occasionally touches on the majestic, theatrical ballads of Scott Walker, as well as the stark, folky song poems of Leonard Cohen. However, at this stage, Jarvis Cocker is hardly the lyrical equivalent of either songwriter, and his singing is endearingly awkward -- occasionally he misses notes, and he misses the tune every once in a while. Nevertheless, there are tunes throughout the album, whether it's the light opening single "My Lighthouse" or the silly, music hall stomp of "Love Love." It isn't a great album, but it has an effortless, amateurish charm that makes up for the unformed songs and the band's rudimentary musical skills.


1. My Lighthouse
2. Wishful Thinking
3. Joking Aside
4. Boats And Trains
5. Blue Girls
6. Love Love
7. In Many Ways


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