This article first appeared at No Ripcord on May 22, 2017.


Jarvis Cocker has always embraced the intricacies of storytelling. His lyrics find the poetry of the tiniest details, “right down to the broken handle on the third drawer down the dressing table.” The vivid descriptions make people and places come to life. Room 29 is no exception. This concept album revolves around the activities of that room in the Hollywood hotel Château Marmont. A theme that lets Cocker write about celebrity and depravity? With the evocative piano  of Chilly Gonzales? How could he possibly resist?! Well, sometimes the subject matter overshadows the music meant to support it.

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