PULP We Love Life (Island/Universal) Rating: NNN
After Scott Walker's unspectacular results producing the Motions, you'd think Jarvis Cocker would have more sense than to risk hiring the reclusive pop iconoclast to produce Pulp's comeback bid. But even with arrangements that call for "virtual bird songs," 10 double basses and backing vocals by the Swingle Singers, We Love Life doesn't turn out to be the head-scratching sort of art fart that, since Tilt, we all know Walker is capable of delivering. However, neither is the album half as cerebrally sleazy as you might hope from the meeting of these minds. It's just an average Pulp album, albeit with some snappy accompanying art provided by Walker. In hindsight, it would've worked out much better if Cocker had produced and Walker had sung.