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8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 19, 1994
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Don't become another helpless victim of Pulp's tackiness by buying their album, "His 'n' Hers."

Pulp
His 'n' Hers
;Island
Pulp is the latest British import
determined to make an impression on
the largely American alternative
scene. Like their fellow Englishmen
in Blur, the Auteurs, and the London
Suede, Pulp makes tawdry sex, sleazy
situations aud failed relationships the
focus of their decadent image. How-
ever, they do not have the songs to
back up the persona.
Where Blur is escapist, giddy en-
tertainment, the London Suede is
glamorously depraved, and the
Auteurs are poetically alienated Pulp
seems generically debauched; songs
like "Pink Glove" and "Do You Re-
member the First Time?" have mod-
erately interesting titles, but lyrically
and sonically they fall flat. Pulp sounds
like second-rate Bowie, resplendent
with suddenly trendy-again cheesy
synthesizers and the vocals of the
marginally talented Jarvis Cocker.
With a range from murky bass to

creaky falsetto, it's hard not to laugh
when he spouts inanities like "On a
pink quilted eiderdown, I want to pull
your knickers down." Ultimately, Pulp
are victims of their own tackiness -
but not nearly as much as their listen-
ers are.
- Heather Phares
Coming of Age
Coming of Age
Zoo Records
When Boyz II Men hit the scene in
1991, they inspired many would be
stars. Coming of Age, a quintet from
Los Angeles ranging in age from 17
to 20, is one such group. ,These five
brothas have done a beautiful job of
correlating many of the elements of
Boyz II Men's success while still
maintaining some originality as an
"upper-class" personification of Boyz
II Men's round-da-way sounds.
The self-arrangement of these guys
is identical to Boyz II Men. They
have a deep bass singer, a high-pitched
soprano and everything in the range

between. Even the groups' names are
similar.
However, Coming of Age is no
Boyz II Men clone. These guys, who
began working on their first demo in@
1992, are debuting with a CD con-
taining songs which sums up the en-
tire genre of R&B music, from doo
wop ("Intimate") to hip hop ("You
Turn Me on") to acapella ("One in a
Million"). They even do an amazing
job remaking the Isley Brothers' hit
single "Between the Sheets," which
drips sensuality like R.-Kelly's "Bump
'N Grind."
Not everything on "Coming of,-
Age" is fantastic. "Now Ya Know"
shows that these guys ain't no Bell
Biv Devoe, and "I'd Rather be with
You" is so dry their lips probably
crack while they're singing it.
Overall, though, this album is a
beautiful piece of work, and as they
continue in their work, the men of
Coming of Age will without a doubt
get even better.
Eugene Bowen

The Interfraternity Council Announces Its

FALL

RUSH

Sponsored by Domino's Pizza
1994 Events Schedule

Diag Days
Between classes, come out to the Diag to meet
some of the men from each fraternity on campus.
Tue. & Wed. Sept. 20th & 21st, all day

Dr.

Will Keim

Nationally Renowned Speaker
Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 7:00 pm, at Rackham
Mass Meeting
Have questions about Rush?
This is where you'll find the answers.

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