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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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Various Artists: Song Reader

Interesting concept, failed execution.

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Counterbalance No. 156: Pulp's 'Different Class'

You'll never live like common people. You'll never do what common people do. You'll never fail like common people. You'll never watch your life slide out of view and then dance and drink and screw, because there's nothing else to do. You can listen to the 156th most acclaimed album of all time.

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Pulp: 10 April 2012 - New York

Two hours of idiosyncratic joy and blissful pop gold from Jarvis Cocker and company.

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Pulp: 1 September 2011 - London

Jarvis Cocker, getting to half a century of his cool existence, rocks and twists like no one else in British Pop.

Anna Siemiaczko
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Funny How It All Falls Away: Pulp at Their Most Life-Affirming on 'This Is Hardcore'

On its release, Pulp's This Is Hardcore was derided as a commercial and artistic disappointment. Not so ten years later. Was the music ahead of its time, or did critics just have to reach their 30s to appreciate it?

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Jarvis Cocker: Further Complications

Jarvis Cocker turns it up to 11 for his best album this decade.

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V Festival feat. Pixies, Beck, Nouvelle Vague, Gnarls Barkley, Jarvis Cocker, and Phoenix

PopMatters' Nick Gunn takes on the crowds and craziness, to find out what happens when Virgin's V Festival pops up down under.

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Air: Pocket Symphony

Fourth full-length from the French duo of Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin maintains a modernist style while seriously decreasing the stakes.

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Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis

Jarvis is a deliciously dark, funny and acidic record that stands up to anything from Pulp's heyday. It's good to have him back.

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Pulp: Different Class

Along with Blur's Parklife, it remains the high point of the Britpop era; music, lyrics, production, artwork, it's as perfect as it gets, one that I, personally, will never, ever tire of hearing.

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Pulp: Hits

Pulp have a greatest hits record, and it's about goddamned time. The enigmatic group, fronted by the inimitable Jarvis Cocker, are by far the oldest and wisest of the Britpop behemoths.

Devon Powers
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Pulp: Hits

Few British bands have come close to matching the remarkable string of excellent albums that Pulp has put together over the past 10 years.

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