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Rid Of Me [CD]

PJ Harvey Audio CD
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“Take me back to England
& the grey, damp filthiness of ages
fog rolling down behind the mountains
& on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.”
PJ Harvey, The Last Living Rose

PJ Harvey’s new album was recorded in a 19th Century church in Dorset, on a cliff-top overlooking the sea. It was created with a cast of musicians including such long-standing ... Read more in Amazon's PJ Harvey Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001DYD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rid Of Me 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Missed 4:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Legs 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rub 'Till It Bleeds 5:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hook 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Man-Size (Sextet) 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Highway '61 Revisited 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 50 Ft Queenie 2:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Yuri-G 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Man-Size 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dry 3:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Me-Jane 2:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Snake 1:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ecstasy 4:260.59  Buy MP3 

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PJ Harvey's second and most ferocious album finds her claiming images of sexuality, whether they're of a "hysterical" female (the obsessive title track and the indelible accusation "you leave me dry") or male "dominance" ("Man-Size", which also appears in an atonal arrangement with a string sextet, and the feral rockabilly size-brag of "50-Ft Queenie"). Recorded to play up the stark dynamic contrasts of Harvey's early trio, it's as harsh and abrasive as the gutter blues whose vocal style Harvey cops. And she demands a place for herself at the table of great songwriters--a hellfire take on Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" fits neatly alongside her own work. --Douglas Wolk

BBC Review

Polly Jean Harvey’s biggest albums may have followed in its wake – 1995’s To Bring You My Love was a year-end number one almost across the board, and 2000’s Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea was an overdue Mercury Prize triumph – but this striking second LP remains one of the Dorset-born singer’s most-loved releases.

But it’s an awkward record to pour one’s affections over; a snarling affair that barks and lashes out like a beast cornered. The artwork is striking, an apparently topless Harvey flicking a head of entrails-alike hair from, presumably, a bathroom body of water, and the music contained within the packaging is equally as memorable. Largely recorded alongside celebrated engineer Steve Albini, who allows each compositional element space to flex and flail, it’s a collection of songs so close to the bone of subject matter that to cut them would simply blunt the blade.

Amazingly, Rid of Me represented Harvey’s first album for a major label – nowadays, such a risk on a relatively underground artist, whose material is hardly suited to significant radio rotation, is unheard of. But Island’s confidence in their new signing was vindicated when Rid of Me debuted at three on the domestic albums chart, paving the way for Harvey’s future albums to become hits. Also, her rising profile enabled a handful of angst-ridden female songwriters to emerge to prominence, not least Canadian vocalist Alanis Morrissette, whose worldwide smash Jagged Little Pill took its share of cues from Harvey’s bare-all performances.

From which Man-Size Sextet – the one track not recorded with Albini – and 50ft Queenie were selected as singles, though neither possesses the attractive warmth of later cuts like Down By the Water and Good Fortune. But that’s the point, really: Rid of Me isn’t intended as an easy listen. It’s a deeply personal experience, one that presents lyrical catharsis to the fore beside barren arrangements (the album was the last to feature the trio of Harvey, Rob Ellis and Steven Vaughan) to stir the soul like few records of its kind. Even several years on, Harvey’s much-imitated style sounds remarkably fresh, her passion complemented by some enthrallingly naked musicianship.

A tough listen then, even at its comparative prettiest, but an essential one that demands your attention from beginning to end. --Mike Diver

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Hardest-Rocking Records Ever 28 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yes, that's right. Rid of Me has to be one of the hardest-rocking, most kick-ass, most anti-pop records I've ever heard. It is an absolute masterpiece of bile and anger, violence and hate. It's so extreme that it feels less like a rock album than a volcanic exorcism of personal demons. Rarely have I heard so much rage and power harnessed onto tape. It is truly exhilarating.
Rid of Me is PJ Harvey's second album, released just a year after her critically acclaimed 1992 debut Dry. Whereas Dry sounded nave, youthful and almost innocent, the follow-up has a much harder edge to it. The sound is brutally raw, the lyrics are more bitter and wise, the anger is sharper and more pointed. It's a more thrillingly extreme affair all round. Steve Albini's in-your-room production is absolutely perfect for bringing out this nasty side of PJ. He's worked with Pixies and Nirvana; in an interview at the time, PJ explained that she wanted Albini to record them like a live band, so that you could feel the instruments pounding away before you with every hacking guitar riff and thunderous drum kick.
The shocking title track is a Fatal Attraction-style revenge fantasy about a scorned, obsessed lover tormenting her old flame. It starts slowly as a barely audible whisper before exploding into noise at the chorus ("Don't you wish you never never met her!") and building to an unforgettable climax of "Lick my legs I'm on fire, lick my legs I'm desire"), repeated over and over like an unholy mantra. 50Ft Queenie is a sneering, mocking cock-rock parody with a laugh-out-loud chorus of "Hey I'm the king of the world, you oughta hear my song/You come and measure me, I'm 20 inches long". The shrieking two-minute explosion of Snake tells the story of Adam and Eve from a fierce new perspective.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn right she's got the blues 18 Jan 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is the blues! The blues plugged straight back into the electrifying jolt of it's originators, by-passing the soulless, staid, and indulgent meanderings of Clapton and his ilk. The blues made vital again.
Produced by underground hero Steve Alibini, who would later produce Nirvana' 'In Utero', Polly's voice and the guitars are pushed right to the front of the mix in a feral howl. The guitar parts are superb, the slide playing in particular used to strking effect as it had been decades earlier by Elmore James.
The music, all anguish, heartache and obsession, is for the most part echoed by the lyrics, but there's also a dark humour at work here, which too often goes ignored in (male) critics rush to stereotype PJ as the hysterical woman.
Purely and simply a fantastic album, and one that reclaimed a legacy for too long despoiled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect heartbreak album 2 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is currently my favourite PJ Harvey album, though I think that says more about my current state of mind than the consistently high quality of all of Polly's recordings, my advice is to buy them all really. I think the line "I might as well be dead, but I could kill you instead" sums up Rid Of Me to me, the fine line between unbearable heartbreak and murderous hatred. This is music which is equally enjoyable whilst viciously stabbing pins into a voodoo doll, or exhaustedly crying yourself to sleep again. Polly understands the fine line between love and hate; "Did I tell you you're divine?" and "you snake, you dog, you flithy liar". This is frankly an essential album for anyone who has ever been hurt, in other words an essential album for everybody. Buy this, you will not regret it
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of our generation! 8 Jan 2011
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PJ is soooo awesome i cannot wait for her 2011 solo comeback, so hope she returns to the genre of her earlier albums with lines such as "I'll make you lick my injuries", she is just an inexpressibly good artist!
Please buy this album and listen to some good music for once!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An album never to be ignored. 1 July 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is P J Harvey's finest hour. From the opening shrieks of "lick my legs of desire" through to the warped tones of "Ecstasy", this is what West Country music should be. No-one should ever question Polly Harvey's genius with this as a basis. Absolutely amazing, whilst being scary at the same time. Wonderful. Enough said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This woman is rock! 12 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
OMG this album scared me when I heard it recently, on going through to discover what exactly PJ Harvey is (if anyone can say). This is as different as can be from the semi pop tones of Stories of the City. It's kind of scary, angry but very sad with a lot of undeniable truths there and matched with a lot of hard rock/punk music being bashed out and some deliberate screaching, shouting, synthed vocals that really confuse you as you can't fit it into your understanding memory slot easily. It really scared the pants off me, probably as it took me by surprise. I do feel kind of tired just listening to it, exhausted myself from the energy. I can't think of many comparrisons but musically Nirvana style really strikes me and maybe the Cranberries as it was early 90s with more blatant sexual references - inadequacies, needs, in there. It doesn't rhyme, there isn't an obvious pattern, it isn't even in tune and goes from deafening to can't hear it but god, this is uncompromising, original work. I'm not sure if I like it, but it's undeniably challenging, amazing stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dynamic Classic
After I had listened to the album succeeding this one, the lukewarm To Bring You My Love (which I loved initially but slowly grew to realise it is actually fairly dull), I decided... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. E. Bambridge-sutton
4.0 out of 5 stars good
not as mainstream as some of her albums... and takes a few listens to get into but bieng a PJ fan find it good played loud.
Published 5 months ago by batty auntie joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Rid Of Me
This album is so badass!

It is sexy, vibrant and full of vigour.

PJ Harvey wails, moans, groans, screams, shouts and gasps throughout the record, breathing... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Traddles
5.0 out of 5 stars 50FT QUEEN!
I love PJ Harvey and this album is one of her best. It's full of drive and energy, and perfect to play when you're getting ready for a night out.
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by Donna Wilber
5.0 out of 5 stars quiet LOUD
Also my favourite PJ Harvey (although To Bring You My Love runs it close) the mixture of visceral rage, dark humour and musical discord here is as intoxicating as it is... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by J. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A tortured masterpiece
I've owned this album since it's release and was lucky enough to catch her live the same week. Along with the Cure's Pornography, it really is one of the most fabulously 'ugly'... Read more
Published on 2 May 2009 by ADIHEAD
5.0 out of 5 stars we love you p.j.
This is p.j. harvey at his (their?) best. all songs are beautiful, well played and singed!! One of the best album in rock'n'roll. BRAVA:
Published on 14 Mar 2009 by Daniele Mantovani
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect PJ
'Rid of Me' does not contain any poor tracks as you get with most albums. This is one of PJs finest! Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2005 by Muso
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