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“Take me back to England
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fog rolling down behind the mountains
& on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.”
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Too Pure
  • ASIN: B00004WSIK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh my lover
2. O Stella
3. Dress
4. Victory
5. Happy and bleeding
6. Sheela na gig
7. Hair
8. Joe
9. Plants and rags
10. Fountain
11. Water

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Upon its release in spring 1992, Dry was hailed as one of rock’s most stunning debut albums by the press, and 12 years later it still sounds as striking and relevant as ever. Music like this will never date, fade or grow old. It will always sound this vital, powerful and alive. Independently recorded in her native Yeovil on a shoestring budget of £5000, and issued on the underground label Too Pure, it introduced a puzzled rock scene to its most exciting newcomer in many years.
From the bruised, abraded guitar tones and exasperated sigh of opener Oh My Lover, this record is a jarringly fresh and immediate listening experience. The single Sheela Na Gig is a stone-cold classic and remains an audience live favourite to this day; its Carrie-inspired refrain of “He said wash your breasts, I don’t want to be unclean/He said please take your dirty pillows away from me” still manages to shock with its directness. The lyrics are ugly/beautiful poetry of the highest order – check out lines like “Petals green cover me in all my shame” in Fountain, and hear Polly Jean sing them like her life depends on it. It closes with the Biblical baptism/drowning epiphany of Water - a big, bluesy, stomping rocker powered by chunky buzzsaw guitar and chugging double bass.
If I had one minor criticism, it would be that the mastering and lo-fi sound mix of Dry is a bit too quiet for my liking. You need to blast the volume way up for full enjoyment of this one. But that problem can be very easily sorted. And besides, the raw bedroom production adds to the spirit of the record. Forget about rubbish like Linkin Park and get a load of this instead.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Polly Jean Harvey and her band had the musicall press in awe with this stunning debut and it is easy to see why; raw-nerve vocals, abrasive harmonies and uncompormised song structures present you with 11 pure, unglossy masterpieces. It has kind of a bluesy early alt-rock feel so may take a while to get used to if you are not used to that kind of music.
Pj's songs are snappy and variable in structure. The cd opens with the a loving wail of "oh my lover, don't you know it's all right, you can love her, you can love me at the same time" and includes quite a few classic lines.
In short its the kind of music you'd expect if Bob Dylan had a sex change, listened to a Pixie's record and then picked up a guitar.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes you come across an album which makes you reconsider your whole view of the music scene, and this is the one that did it for me. Polly Harvey's lyrics are deeply personal and dramatically intense - lines such as "Ease myself into a body bag" suggest that perhaps PJ isn't an entirely happy bunny. But then, neither is she depressed within these songs to a degree that the album becomes oppressing.
In a world where 'experimental' becomes unlistenable, PJ Harvey takes it in her stride. Screeching violins which manage not to be unbearable, faux-naïf lyrics such as "I dreamt of a man / He fed me fine food / He gave me shiny things", and of course her vocals themselves. How can you fail to be taken in by this near perfect album, which successfully paved the way for further masterpieces such as "To bring you my love" and "Is this desire?"? This album converted me to the genius of PJ Harvey, and I implore you to order it RIGHT NOW so your life can be a bit more sinister, and amazingly also that little bit brighter.
Stand out tracks : Sheela-Na-Gig (Passionate and Rhythmical) and Plants and Rags (wailing violins that still manage to be tuneful? How do she do it?)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Penny Crayon on 9 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes an album of great rock songs is all you want from an album and this is what Dry is. Every song on here is a memorable, exciting, raw and intense voyage into Polly's throbbing young heart - and if you've picked up on her as a result of her last few albums, you may be surprised by the youthful voice on this record. I think it's still her best album 12 years after its release and is probably the best place to start a collection of her music.
In terms of the sound quality, this is a record that could really do with the old ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED treatment - I find that I have to play it a few notches louder than all my other CDs, which must be blamed surely on the mastering process. So come on EMI - get Polly's debut remastered tout suite! Even if it does mean paying an extra fiver - upon its release of course, this version'll be available for a pittance, so you can snap it up then without stretching the purse strings.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
P J Harvey is mainly known for her Mercury Music Prize winning album "Stories From The City, Stories from The Sea" but "Dry", her debut, is for this reviewer the best thing she has ever done. On its release the nascent Harvey was perceived as some kind of seer, her sexual ambiguity and mixture of scabrous rock and gender politics led to her being dubbed the "Indie Madonna". While quite prepared to utilise her sexuality (Debate has raged whether the photo of her on this album naked in the bath was mere titillation) she has never been as explicit as Madonna, indeed who has? , and has maintained some of her mystique. Are we really, nearly 15 years down the line, any wiser about her? Mind you , there is an image that would get people talking.
Spurious connections aside "Dry "is a remarkable debut. It lives up to its title in so much that it's an arid sounding album. Guitars chaff against each other like hessian on a cheese grater. It's like the recording studio had been filled with a dozen de-humidifiers, sucking the moisture out of the air. The songs crackle with tension and urgency so tracks like "Victory"; "O My Lover" "Happy And Bleeding" are alive with a tangible dramatic frisson. Emotionally it's raw, red of claw and tooth. The superb "Dress" connects with a character in turmoil, and is performed in a real hurry, almost as if the band can't get it out quickly enough. "Joe" approximates thrash metal while "Sheela Na Gig" is the nearest to pop / with it's rallying sing-a-long "You exhibitionist "chorus. Cello's screech with more innervated abrasion on "Pants And Rags".
To record an album "Dry" in the technical sense means to do so without adornments , reverb effects etc, and that is maybe where the albums title comes from as it's produced with an uncomfortable harsh in your face quality.
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