Joe Cocker Hard Knocks
Uncut (magazine): 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Cocker adds] a respectability to his minor-key divorce anthems and secular hymns."
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- Released: January 24, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: 429 Records
Uncut - p.833 stars out of 5 -- "[Cocker adds] a respectability to his minor-key divorce anthems and secular hymns."
Billboard (p.44) - "Serletic mostly keeps the focus on Cocker's still-handsome vocals..."
- 1.Hard Knocks
- 2.Get On
- 4.The Fall
- 5.So It Goes
- 6.Runaway Train
- 7.Stay the Same
- 10.I Hope
- 11.Forever Changed
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Recording information: Emblem Music, Calabasas, CA; Sound Stage, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Olaf Heine.
Arranger: Matt Serletic.
Teaming up with Matt Serletic, a producer who made his name via his work with Collective Soul and especially Matchbox Twenty, Joe Cocker comes up with a clean, shiny machine on Hard Knocks. Despite Cocker's trademark soulful rasp, this isn't an especially warm album. It's bright and bold, as hard and shiny as stainless steel, but there isn't a meanness to it: it's professional to its core, each note polished til it gleams, not one song outside of Cocker's wheelhouse. He pours his passion in, which may not be enough to liven up this buttoned-down upper-crust soul, but it is enough to keep things pleasant. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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