This Is Hardcore

Pulp - This Is Hardcore
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1998 Ratings: #15 / 94
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Based on 118 ratings
1998 Ratings: #30
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March 30, 1998 / Release Date
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Entertainment Weekly
Tucked away in the liner notes is an odd little statement: “Please do not read the lyrics whilst listening to the recordings.” Sorry, Jarvis — sometimes it can’t be helped.
Drowned in Sound
It is this, not the tabloideering they encountered or the post-fame comedown they endured, that 'This Is Hardcore' should be remembered as – a sprawling storybook of lives spent in the gutter, gazing at the stars.

The shift in direction shouldn't come as a surprise -- Pulp was always an arty band -- but even the catchiest numbers are shrouded in darkness. This Is Hardcore is haunted by disappointments and fear -- by the realization that what you dreamed of may not be what you really wanted.


Those looking for an intimate glimpse into the mind of a man who has lost all hope but at least has the knowledge of mind to admit it - This is Hardcore is a record for you.


On the long-awaited sequel to Pulp's breakthrough album, Different Class, England's unofficial laureate Jarvis Cocker perfects his poetry of the prosaic.

Rolling Stone
Pulp's "This Is Hardcore" is arguably the first pop album devoted entirely to the subject of the long, slow fade. This is a bold move because it breaks one of rock's oldest songwriting taboos. Rockers have always fled from the prospect of aging and ignored the mundane details of survival.
Fact: Both types of song make This is Hardcore a great late- late- night listen.
'This Is Hardcore' is a Pulp LP as you know one only in as much as it's a concept LP about life and the weirdness of everything.
Although I don't find it as fun or as memorable as This Different Class. This Is Hardcore is stilla great follow up to that album, dropping the more Britpop center sound and heading towards a more artful direction which reminds me a lot of Bowie, might just be me. but I am disappointed that this wasn't a Hardcore Punk album.

Track Review

The Fear 9/10
Dishes 8.5/10.
Party Hard 8/10
Help The Aged 9/10
This Is Hardcore 9.5/10
TV Movie 8/10
A Little Soul 9.5/10
I'm A Man 9/10
Seductive Barry ... read more
Though not as fun as their previous album Different Class,; This is Hardcore is certainly memorable. The concept from this album comes from tabloid culture as well as the sex industry. Jarvis Cocker sounds more like a crooner whose had a few to many whiskey's but it works. Listen to: The Fear, This is Hardcore, A Little Soul.
12. The Day After the Revolution
11. Sylvia
10. Glory Days
9. This Is Hardcore
8. Seductive Barry
7. Party Hard
6. A Little Soul
5. TV Movie
4. The Fear
3. I'm a Man
2. Dishes
1. Help the Aged
Like Radiohead's OK Computer a year before and Blur's 13 a year after (and even Suede's Dog Man Star in 1994), Pulp also abandoned the Britpop ship and made a record that, from a lyrical point of view, is very self-reflective and depressed and, in aesthetics, is based on the tradition of art rock, with luxurious arrangements (in another great work by Chris Thomas, who produced some of the best Roxy Music records) and longer and more ambitious songs - although one of the lenghty tracks ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Fear 
  2. Dishes 
  3. Party Hard 
  4. Help The Aged 
  5. This Is Hardcore 
  6. TV Movie 
  7. A Little Soul 
  8. I'm A Man 
  9. Seductive Barry 
  10. Sylvia 
  11. Glory Days 
  12. The Day After The Revolution
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