"Angela," the latest single from Jarvis Cocker, follows in a long line of victimized female protagonists—"Sylvia," "The Night That Minnie Timperley Died, ""Pink Glove"—but fails to reach the dramatic heights set by any of the aforementioned tracks. It's not a bad song, per se, it's just not the sort of lead single I was expecting from the Steve Albini produced Further Complications (out next month).
Following how great Jarvis was, it seemed like Further Complications would be this grand statement for Cocker—along the line of Different Class—and as for Albini's role, I was hoping more In Utero than, say, Razorblade Suitcase. There's still hope—after all, it's just one song—but I was expecting something a bit less hollow than a big guitar riff, some handclaps, and an overly repetitive chorus. Sorry Jarvis.
Jarvis Cocker - "Angela"