Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2006 Ratings: #28 / 612
User Score
Based on 10 ratings
November 14, 2006 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

It's lyrically depressing, but if you're down in the dumps about the ills of the world and frustrated by a lack of personal achievement, there's surely not a better companion piece to have to hand as you wallow.

100
The Guardian

Artistically at least, Jarvis is an idiosyncratic triumph.

90
No Ripcord
A stunning collection of songs, in the grand Brit-pop tradition
83
A.V. Club

The main difference between Jarvis and Pulp's final album, We Love Life, is that the new record feels far less portentous, and more brightly poppy.

80
Drowned in Sound

One perfunctory listen will confirm that this is the most immediate album Cocker has put his name to in ten years.

80
PopMatters

There are songs here that easily stand up to any of Pulp’s high-points, and sound totally unique against the backdrop of 2006.

80
AllMusic

Even if it isn't as immediate as the prime work of Pulp, it's a richly nuanced, complicated album that finds Cocker near the top of his craft as a writer and record maker.

80
Spin

As the sardonic crooner fronting Britpop vets Pulp, Jarvis Cocker fused epic, wall-of-sound pop and barbed social commentary. Happily, his killer solo debut offers more of the same. 

80
Rolling Stone

On his first solo album, Jarvis, he shakes off his early-century doldrums with his finest batch of songs since This Is Hardcore.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Fears that incipient middle age has mellowed the misanthropy of Pulp’s ex-frontman Jarvis Cocker are allayed by his solo album.

70
NME
'Jarvis' never quite gathers an irresistible momentum like his past glories did. There isn't a bad song on here, but there are several which don't fulfil their full potential.
68
Coke Machine Glow

All in all, Jarvis is a mixed bag. It feels like the sort of thing that Cocker would do just to expunge his notebooks before moving on.

62
Pitchfork

Jarvis is the record of someone losing hope, the sound of dejection turned up to 10.

60
Uncut

Jarvis Cocker’s solo debut is not so much a curate’s egg as a game of two halves. The first “side” triggers a sinking sensation reminiscent of hearing Morrissey’s “Kill Uncle” for the first time in 1991: has our hero truly lost his touch?

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#26/NME

Track List

  1. Loss Adjuster (Excerpt, Pt. 1)
  2. Don't Let Him Waste Your Time
  3. Black Magic
  4. Heavy Weather
  5. I Will Kill Again
  6. Baby's Coming Back to Me
  7. Fat Children
  8. From Auschwitz to Ipswich
  9. Disney Time
  10. Tonite
  11. Big Julie
  12. Loss Adjuster (Excerpt, Pt. 2)
  13. Quantum Theory
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