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His 'n' Hers is the fourth studio album by English rock band Pulp, released on 18 April 1994 by Island Records. It proved to be the band's breakthrough album, reaching number nine on the UK Albums Chart,[4] and was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Music Prize. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted it the seventieth greatest album of all time, while it was placed at number 110 in the book Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums.[4]

His 'n' Hers
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Studio album by
Released18 April 1994
RecordedOctober 1993–February 1994[a]
StudioBritannia Row, London[b]
Genre
Length50:38
LabelIsland
ProducerEd Buller
Pulp chronology
Intro – The Gift Recordings
(1993)
His 'n' Hers
(1994)
Masters of the Universe
(1994)
Singles from His 'n' Hers
  1. "Babies"
    Released: 5 October 1992
  2. "Lipgloss"
    Released: 15 November 1993
  3. "Do You Remember the First Time?"
    Released: 21 March 1994

Contents

Release and aftermathEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
Chicago Tribune    [6]
Drowned in Sound8/10[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [8]
NME8/10[9]
Q     [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Select4/5[12]
Spin8/10[13]
Uncut     [14]

"Lipgloss", "Do You Remember the First Time?", "Razzmatazz", and a new mix of "Babies" were released as singles, the latter as part of the Sisters EP.

A "deluxe edition" of His 'n' Hers was released on 11 September 2006. It contained a second disc of B-sides, demos and rarities.

Themes and contentEdit

Lyrically, the album encompasses subjects for which Pulp were to become well known, including sexual encounters, social class and voyeurism.[4]

Robyn Strachan retrospectively describes the opener "Joyriders" as setting the tone for the album with "acerbic observation and lurking seediness and decay".[15]

"She's a Lady" takes much of its musical inspiration from Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".[16]

The album closer, "David's Last Summer", is notable as being one of Pulp's most narrative songs, delivered entirely in spoken word apart from the chorus despite being an uptempo track.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Jarvis Cocker; all music composed by Pulp.

No.TitleLength
1."Joyriders"3:25
2."Lipgloss"3:34
3."Acrylic Afternoons"4:09
4."Have You Seen Her Lately?"4:11
5."Babies" (does not appear on the album's vinyl release)4:04
6."She's a Lady"5:49
7."Happy Endings"4:57
8."Do You Remember the First Time?"4:22
9."Pink Glove"4:48
10."Someone Like the Moon"4:18
11."David's Last Summer"7:01

PersonnelEdit

Pulp

Artwork

  • Philip Castle – Pulp portrait
  • Kevin Westerberg – original photograph

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Except "Lipgloss" and "She's a Lady", recorded 2–10 July 1993; and "Babies", recorded 20–24 July 1992[1]
  2. ^ Except "Babies", recorded at Island Records Fallout Shelter, London[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sturdy, Mark (15 December 2009). Truth and Beauty: The Story of Pulp. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857121035.
  2. ^ Sanders, Brad (21 April 2014). "His 'N' Hers Turns 20". Stereogum. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/his-n-hers-mw0000625094
  4. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998). Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums. Virgin Books. ISBN 0753502585.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "His 'n' Hers – Pulp". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  6. ^ Messbarger, Matt (1 December 1994). "Pulp: His 'N' Hers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  7. ^ Cowen, Nick (26 September 2006). "Album Review: Pulp – His 'N Hers (2006 re-issue)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 26 September 2006.
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  9. ^ Williams, Simon (16 April 1994). "Pulp – His'N'Hers". NME. Archived from the original on 13 October 2000. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Pulp: His 'n' Hers". Q (169). October 2000.
  11. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Pulp". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 665. ISBN 0-743-20169-8.
  12. ^ Harrison, Andrew (May 1994). "Short Cuts". Select (47). Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  13. ^ Modell, Josh (June 2009). "Discography: Jarvis Cocker". Spin. 25 (6): 82. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Pulp: His 'n' Hers". Uncut (112). September 2006.
  15. ^ Robyn Strachan (3 August 2014). "Resentment in Retrospective: Pulp's 'His 'n' Hers', 20 Years On". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  16. ^ Andy Gill (4 May 1995). "POP / The last detail: It was a special night for Pulp, playing at home with their first single in the Top 10. Andy Gill was there". The Independent. Retrieved 5 February 2018.

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