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Cosmo Jarvis

Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange?

The End Records
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October 11, 2011

"Strange" isn’t quite the word. "Hyper" is more like it. Cosmo Jarvis earned next-big-thing buzz with songs crammed to the bursting point with stories, slogans, jokes and puns. The music veers from skiffle to punk pop to "rap"; the lyrics take in cute girls and homosexual pirates. Jarvis is a gifted tunecrafter, but several songs clock in at more than five minutes, wearing out their welcome long before they’ve reached the halfway mark. Somebody get this young man an editor.

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