JARV IS... - Beyond the Pale
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #27 / 492
User Score
Based on 138 ratings
2020 Ratings: #637
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July 17, 2020 / Release Date
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Q Magazine
At its untethered, untidy best, it shows Cocker dropping in to see what condition the human condition is in and finding it in a state of wild flux. Far out, yes, but almost too close for comfort.
The Arts Desk
Within this very album – brief though it is (seven songs, 40 minutes) and long overdue (the band started working on the material in 2013) – are some exceptional titbits. Both thought provoking and merry making.
The Telegraph

Beyond the Pale is the best thing Cocker has done since Pulp, and that is very good indeed.


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.

Pushing nearly 30 years in the game, JARV IS… still an absolute one-of-a-kind.
Not one to rehash old sounds, the musician has crafted a wonderfully groove-driven and dance-worthy album whilst still maintaining the warped songwriting style that he has become synonymous with.

Judging by Beyond the Pale, his best album in years, Cocker is one of those confounding frontman who appear to dominate bands but struggle on their own.


‘Beyond The Pale’ is a cracking addition to the Cocker canon, bursting with that Pulp knack for nerdy melodrama and primed for the dancefloor.


‘Beyond The Pale’ is seven tracks is timeless and timely genius from the finger-wagging Sheffield frontman, matching his lyrical wit to a series of fantastic arrangements, touching upon everything from Leonard Cohen documentaries to the lingering attractions of rave culture.

Northern Transmissions
It is experimental and literate while also being fun, satisfying and a wonderful addition to Cocker’s entire musical oeuvre.
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.
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.

FLOOD Magazine

Beyond the Pale feels tight, tense, yet free, with pasty Cocker as this debut album’s broodingly bittersweet yet (somewhat) gleeful centerpiece joining together with his ensemble for a ring of rare design.

The Observer
The ex-Pulp frontman’s pell-mell search for connection – with our ancestors, our ageing selves and each other – is a pulsating, sleazy treat.
Under The Radar
It’s testament to Jarvis Cocker’s legacy that, in 2020, he’s bringing out a record that people will have to sleep on before forming an opinion.

While it may be far from a perfect album, Beyond the Pale is a satisfying offering from Cocker and his new JARV IS... project. The album's themes, along with the complete embrace of art rock stylings, make this far from a retread of his previous musical endeavours and a worthy listen for Jarvis Cocker fans.

No Ripcord
Despite its slightly misfiring concept, Beyond The Pale remains an enjoyable hour spent inside the world of one of Britain’s most revered songwriters—even if you're never quite sure what your host was meant to be showing you.
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.
Wow, huge disagreement between critics and users! this is always an interesting ground.

Disclaimer - I am a big Pulp fan and I think they recorded the best songs from the whole brit pop movement (I do love blur and Oasis too, but Pulp is Pulp).

Let's review this by parts.

The Concept –
The idea was to take some live recordings and add overdubs in top of them in order the make some kind of mix between the rawness of the lives albums and the neatness of the studio records. As an ... read more
Cover art says it all - unmemorable.

Jarv is...built on shaky foundations, NR
Let me qualify this review by saying that I think Pulp were easily the next best Brit-pop band after Blur. Their arty, more obtuse take on the genre was made so excellent largely by the charming presence of front-man Jarvis Cocker, who's tales of middle to working class woes were so effortless and engaging it was almost unfair on other lyricists in the genre. So, how is Cocker fairing in the 21st century and nearly three decades after his initial rise to popularity? The answer... not very well. ... read more
Wow that's just ....
I finally found something more inconsistent than my sleep pattern.
it’s so... like... meh. idk who tf made this a must-hear album, but they need to heighten their standards. all of the songs sound like they were meant for small festivals. like the type of thing local bands would sign up for. this is music and beer festival music.

i don’t think i can remember one track from this, which isn’t a compliment nor a diss. all of them seem they would have great replay value for someone other than me, maybe i’m insane or i just don’t have ... read more
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Track List

  1. Save the Whale
  2. Must I Evolve?
  3. Am I Missing Something?
  4. House Music All Night Long
  5. Sometimes I Am Pharoah
  6. Swanky Modes
  7. Children of the Echo
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Added on: March 2, 2020