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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
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Jarvis Cocker
The Jarvis Cocker Record
Rough Trade

Can hips be witty? Jarvis Branson Cocker proved it last year as part of the stellar ensemble for Come So Far for Beauty, the Leonard Cohen tribute. Spanish handclaps, snaky stage moves, an irony in his deep and oh-so-English voice that could come on like a taste within a single word, yet never compromise a moment that mattered: oh yeah, Cocker caught the eye and ear completely, the clown prince of the occasion.

If you knew Cocker's old band Pulp, you'd already be aware of this mix of sly and heartfelt. Most people saw Pulp's height as 1995's Different Class, one of the anthemic records behind the Britpop phenomenon. I always preferred the darkness and sophistication of 1998's This Is Hardcore, Cocker's mid-life pop-star crisis record, crashing Bond theme orchestrations and Bowie glam frosts together with pornographic confessions on his own used-up identity. Something had to give, and it seems it was Pulp, as well as Cocker's long-term relationship at the time.

Now married to a French stylist, and a new dad to boot, he finally returns with a very fine solo album indeed. It resounds with booming Nancy Sinatra ballads ("Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" was actually written for her) and Spector-ish cathedrals of space, not to mention a brilliantly naked sample of "Crimson & Clover" on his song "Black Magic." Much like Pulp, yes: as the gunning guitars and bam-bam, garage-rock drums of "Fat Children" ("took my life") or the crooning piano menace of "I Will Kill Again" (his serial murderer benignly enjoys "half a bottle of wine") variedly and further suggest. Behind the bookish glasses and op-shop hipster image, Cocker has always been a great storyteller, an outwardly playful satirist with a ferocious moral vision of modern English life. Over the ambient hum of "Quantum Theory" he sings "somewhere everyone is happy. Somewhere fish do not have bones." Strangely enough, you can feel this almost angry romantic wants to believe it. It's probably because he really cares.

by Mark Mordue

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