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Beyond The Pale

JARV IS

Beyond The Pale

Debut album from the rock band led by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Rough Trade
UK Release date
17/07/2020
US Release date
17/07/2020
  1. 10.0 |   Q

    The work of a man kitted out with a full array of emotional surveillance equipment, its expansive space-rock and cosmic lyrics zooming in and out on humanity in all its rich chaos. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Melancholic "Swanky Modes" ("in the days of VHS and casual sex") is pure Cocker-does-Alan-Bennett and that’s (obviously) no bad thing
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  3. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    An accomplished, and very welcome, return
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  4. 9.0 |   DIY

    Pushing nearly 30 years in the game, JARV IS… still an absolute one-of-a-kind
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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    This record - Cocker's finest work since This Is Hardcore, maybe - marks the arrival of an adventurous collective who might just be getting warmed up. Print edition only

  6. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    Descending deeply into the mind of Cocker
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  7. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    It is experimental and literate while also being fun, satisfying and a wonderful addition to Cocker’s entire musical oeuvre
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An attractive ad hoc vibe pervades these seven longish songs, partially recorded live: a DIY futurism, all tinfoil and stick-backed plastic, that harks back to Pulp's early '90s. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   NME

    The Britpop legend tackles modernity and isolation on this danceable debut with his new band, sharing his elder statesmen wit and wisdom
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  10. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Right now, as we all tap our feet – nervously, impatiently, wondering what new rhythms our lives will have to adapt to – Beyond The Pale offers a light in the darkness
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s a little bit silly, a little bit raunchy and a whole lot of fun – something the world is in desperately short supply of. Simply put, JARV IS… a winner
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Beyond The Pale’ is a triumph
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  13. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    There may not be any witty couplets to live your life by on Beyond the Pale, but there is a lot to love
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    Beyond The Pale surprises as it defies expectation while Cocker takes fans in somewhat different directions
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  15. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    The debut album from the Pulp frontman’s new band uses a novel approach to recording that aims for the wild abandon of live music but only occasionally reaches it
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  16. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Jarvis Cocker’s wit is intact as he channels Leonard Cohen, but tunes are lacking
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