By the time His 'n' Hers hit the shops, Pulp had been around for ten years, had released a number of good, but unsuccessful albums and had built up a cult following due to the continued support of DJs like John Peel. His 'n' Hers changed all that and, whilst not recognised as such at the time, is a seminal album not only for the band but also for that horribly titled genre; Britpop. As for myself, well I have to admit not knowing anything about the band until seeing them play a live version of "Babies" on some forgotten TV show. I went out the following day, bought this CD and the rest, as they say, is history.
Pulp revolves around Jarvis Cocker, the quintessential frontman, but that isn't to say that this is a one man show. The rest of the band seem so laid back and subdued by comparison that music journos have tended to disregard them, but Pulp are a group in the true sense of the word. Switching between guitar and keyboards, the sound is never less than perfect and the music and vocals mutually compliment each other. As for the lyrics.... songs about sexual frustration, sexual fetishes, sexual conquests and sexual joyriding(!!?) show that Cocker will still be an adolescent when he's drawing old age pension. But by some quirk of nature known only to him and maybe Peter Pan, it doesn't seem odd.
This a great album which gets better with repeated listenings.