Further Complications

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"Further Complications."
Studio album by Jarvis Cocker
Released 18 May 2009 (UK)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Britpop, indie pop[1]
Label Rough Trade
Producer Steve Albini
Jarvis Cocker chronology
Jarvis
(2006)
Further Complications
(2009)

Further Complications is the second solo album by British musician Jarvis Cocker, released in the UK on 18 May 2009.

Background and production[edit]

In July 2008, Cocker met Steve Albini in Chicago at the Pitchfork Music Festival.[2] Together they tested some songs, liked the sound and agreed to record an album together.[3] Chicago performer Daniel Knox sings backing vocals on "Angela" & "Hold Still". The album has a heavier sound than debut Jarvis, something that Cocker attributes to realising his band "could rock", which led to him choosing to write with them. He told BBC 6 Music: "What I've tried to do with the new stuff, rather than me just sit there and wait for inspiration to come at some point – which takes ages – instead we've written stuff together. And it's a bit louder."[4]

Promotion[edit]

On the day of the album's release, Cocker spent two hours working in HMV in London, selling and signing copies over the counter and giving customers his own personal advice and recommendations on their purchases.[5]

Track listing[edit]

The added quotation marks around "Further Complications." are purposefully there, as featured on the album's sleeve.[6]

All songs written and composed by Jarvis Cocker, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. ""Further Complications.""   3:16
2. "Angela"   2:56
3. "Pilchard" (Cocker, Steve Mackey, Tim McCall, Ross Orton) 4:01
4. "Leftovers" (Cocker, Martin Craft, Mackey, McCall, Orton, Simon Stafford) 6:06
5. "I Never Said I Was Deep"   4:43
6. "Homewrecker!" (Cocker, Orton) 3:18
7. "Hold Still"   3:36
8. "Fuckingsong"   3:00
9. "Caucasian Blues"   3:08
10. "Slush"   6:28
11. "You're in My Eyes (Discosong)"   8:45

Personnel[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[7]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media (6.5/10)[10]
NME (8/10)[11]
Pop Matters (8/10)[12]
The Observer 3/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Spin 4/5 stars[15]
The Sunday Times 3/5 stars[16]
Uncut 4/5 stars[17]

The album attracted a positive response from critics, with Allmusic saying "the songs here pulsate with perversion, a middle-aged man making damn sure he's going to get with a tight 23-year-old body yet again," and declared it "impossible not to happily wallow in the flood of filth unleashed by Further Complications",[18] whilst NME praised the album's "heavy-but-breathable fuzz-guitars and a granite-hard rock aesthetic, but with bluster bolted outside the studio door" and called the result "an absolute pleasure".[19]

The Guardian highlighted other attributes, saying that "Further Complications is best when the music quietens, allowing the singer's glorious one-liners to be savoured",[20] and Entertainment Weekly picked out Homewrecker! and "Further Complications" claiming that they "will come as a definite surprise to longtime Cocker watchers, though not necessarily a bad one", whilst deciding that Cocker's "droll wordplay" is "still the dominating factor" on such tracks as I Never Said I Was Deep and Fuckingsong.[21]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009)[22] Provider(s) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart BPI/OCC 19
US Billboard 200 RIAA 155

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Jarvis Cocker Returns With Steve Albini-Produced LP". Pitchfork Media. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Saba, Michael (13 March 2009). "Jarvis Cocker diagnosed with Further Complications :: Music News :: Articles :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Jarvis Cocker gets ready to 'rock' on second solo album". NME.com. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Jarvis Cocker Working at HMV". Londonist.com. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Further Complications". Jarvis Cocker. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  8. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  9. ^ The Guardian review
  10. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  11. ^ NME review
  12. ^ Pop Matters review
  13. ^ The Observer review
  14. ^ Rolling Stone review
  15. ^ Spin review
  16. ^ The Sunday Times review
  17. ^ Uncut review
  18. ^ "Further Complications, Jarvis Cocker, review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "Album review: Jarvis Cocker". NME.com. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  20. ^ Simpson, Dave (15 May 2009). "Pop review: Jarvis Cocker, Further Complications". London: Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Further Complications, Music Review". EW.com. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  22. ^ "Dizzee Rascal and Eminem hit the Number One spot | News". Nme.Com. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2012.