Picks and Pans Review: His 'n' Hers

updated 08/22/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT


On first listen, Pulp seems to be another of those foppy British pop bands Americans love to jeer at. But their Stateside debut album—they've been around for ages in England—is more than just rehashed Depeche Mode. Although front man Jarvis Cocker looks like a classic, frail Britwit, his voice conveys surprising feeling. Candida Doyle's keyboards add an elegant depth to Pulp's sound. Cocker's favorite subject—young lovers galvanized by lust—wears thin over the course of an entire album, but strong melodies save the day: "Babies" is such a giddy marvel that you won't even mind the corn-ball lyrics ("Oh, I want to take you home/I want to give you children"). Lush and lively, His 'N' Hers is just the thing for closet romantics with a fondness for catchy, sexy pop songs. (Island)

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