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Room 29

Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales

Room 29

A collaboration between the Pulp singer and Canadian pianist, a concept album about Room 29 of Los Angeles' infamous Chateau Marmont Hotel

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  1. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Overflowing with a sad, lonely-sounding ambiance, it's the sort of album to stay up late with, smoke, and drink something containing lots of vermouth
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  2. 8.0 |   The Observer

    He is one of pop’s greatest bullshit detectors. Here, though, he is not so much tearing down the temple as examining the corbelling like a buildings regulations inspector
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Jarvis has always been one for a bon mot or two and 'Room 29' has clearly spurred his infamous wit
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    An intersection of the glamorous past of Hollywood and our arch modern sensibility, and it succeeds gloriously at that
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Delicious moments
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  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    A thrilling trip into a time and a place where nothing is really quite as it seems and the glamorous mask is slipping away
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  7. 7.6 |   Gig Soup

    The gem in the crown is clearly the seven plus minutes devoted to ‘A Trick of the Light’
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  8. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales turn their attention towards a famous hotel but end up with a more philosophical examination of these transient spaces
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  9. 6.0 |   Q

    Cocker's wordplay is deliciously sharky, complemented by Gonzales's mood music and atmospheric detailing. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Serious fans of either of these two collaborators will probably want to pick up a copy of Room 29. For the casual listener, however, there is not a great deal to hold onto
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  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Rendered with uniquely mordant wit

  12. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Has the feeling of being far more ambitious than it ultimately ends up
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  13. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Room 29 sags in the forlorn middle section, but Bombshell’s nervous energy and the frenzied A Trick of the Light brilliantly expose the torment of falling for an illusion
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  14. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    If you really love the lounge vibe, you'll likely enjoy this trip. For everyone else though, keep your visit to Room 29 a short, selective one
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  15. 4.0 |   The FT

    The songs are too sketchy to link characters and the mood wavers unsteadily between melancholy and mockery
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  16. 4.0 |   The Independent

    One can’t help thinking the ghosts and echoes of previous scandalous indulgences are rather betrayed by the project’s neat, sentimental manner
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