8/10 Jack Customer review, 3rd November 2016
Perhaps the most unexpectedly honest of Pulp's canon, This Is Hardcore is a very, very strange record. It lacks the ephemeral but undeniable charm of the undeniable and loudly POP first two Island records, but adds a far deeper layer to the early '90s incarnations of Jarvis Cocker's lustful moanings. The Bowie influence is obvious (this would be Bowie in his Lodger/Scary Monster phase) with a definite Bryan Ferry-esque suave sheen and a glossy glam finish. It's dark and slightly seedy despite it's lush outward appearance.
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