furthercomplications“And if I could, I would refrigerate this moment…”

When Jarvis Cocker released his solo debut back in 2006, titled Jarvis, I found myself thinking I should be liking it more than I actually did, considering my admiration for his work with Pulp. This is definitely not the case with his second solo album, the Steve Albini produced Further Complications, which is flat out a pretty fabulous album from start to finish. It’s the sort of album that keeps finding new ways to kick your ass with every track, as Cocker runs through 60’s inspired pop, garage and punk rock, soul and even some dance numbers to boot. Much has been written about Further Complications about Cocker’s supposed “midlife crisis,” but I think it’s safe to say that to the extent that the album is about that, the midlife crisis has seldom been taken up in modern music with such ferocious wit and brutal, often cringeworthy honesty. Startlingly, it all comes to a joyous close with “You’re In My Eyes (Discosong),” which, true to its title, is a nearly nine minute disco song, on which Cocker channels a little Barry White. Further Complications is the sound of a freshly inspired Cocker reasserting himself as one of the great music makers of his generation, and you really ought to hear it. Standout cuts: “Angela,” “Leftovers,” “Slush” and “You’re In My Eyes (Discosong).”


El Rey, the new album from UK based band the Wedding Present, fronted by David Gedge, is a collection of forceful, often very witty rock and power pop, given extra muscle by producer Steve Albini, who punches up the drums and bass until they’re recalling Nirvana on In Utero. This latter quality is both good and bad, bad because some of the songs start to run into each other, musically sounding very similar. There are enough good tracks here, though, for El Rey to more than merit a listen, especially for Wedding Present and Cinerama (Gedge’s other band) fans. Standout cuts: “Santa Anna Winds,” “I Lost The Monkey,” “The Thing I Like The Best About Him Is His Girlfriend” and “Boo Boo.”