Familiar motifs abound on Cocker's second solo album, recorded as close to live as possible in the studio. The sound, as you might expect from a Steve Albini production, recalls the more abrasive art-rock elements of Pulp's This Is Hardcore — most notably on the title track, "Homewrecker!" and "Pilchard." However, much of the lyrical subject matter is closer to the kitchen-sink dramas of Different Class; "Leftovers," with its recollections of meeting an academically gifted girl in a museum, even comes across as a knowing parody of "Common People".
This being Cocker, though, the tales of everyday folk contain a few twists, be it the minimum-wage sex worker of "Angela" (sonically, a nod to the power pop of The Knack's "My Sharona") or the reluctant lover of "I Never Said I Was Deep," a widescreen ballad that owes a debt to sometime Cocker collaborator Richard Hawley. The epic closer "You're In My Eyes" is a movie in itself, a middle-aged Jarvis ruminating on the provincial discotheques of his youth and assessing his place in the world. Further Complications is rough-hewn in parts, but it brims with the wit and articulacy we've come to expect from one of the UK's most reliable singer-songwriters.