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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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  • Vinyl (31 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0001XQ8XY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,146,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Life And Death Of Mr. Badmouth
2. Shame
3. Who The Fuck?
4. The Pocket Knife
5. The Letter
6. The Slow Drug
7. No Child Of Mine
8. Cat On The Wall
9. You Come Through
10. It's You
11. The End
12. The Desperate Kingdom Of Love
13. Seagulls
14. The Darker Days Of Me & Him

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PJ Harvey's seventh album Uh Huh Her, the follow-up to 2001's Mercury Prize-winning Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, is released on May 31. Written, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by Harvey, the album includes the single "The Letter".

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How can someone so unpredictable behave so predictably? Every time PJ Harvey releases something sophisticated and clean like 2000's Mercury Music Prize tipped Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, it just about guarantees a contradictory follow-up album is around the bend. Her ambitious 1992 debut, Dry, inspired the bitter death rattle of Rid of Me. Her third offering, 1995's elegant To Bring You My Love, gave way to the stormy Is This Desire?. Harvey's sixth solo album, Uh Huh Her, doesn't disappoint. It's a nasty riposte to the success of its predecessor, built on grubby blues-punk riffs and the brooding, primal howl that Harvey uses when she wants to impersonate a she-wolf. Some of it seems disappointingly remedial ("The Letter" "Cat on the Wall"), but the best material ("The Desperate Kingdom of Love" "Who the Fuck?") just reconfirms that no matter how raw the British songwriter serves it up, the beauty of her work is undeniable. --Aidin Vaziri

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Uh Huh Her has been marked as a return to Polly's earlier albums. However approaching the album with this notion in mind proves rather misleading. Armed with Karen O's haircut and an abrasive guitar, Harvey launches into Who The Fuck? early on. Fans of Stories and earlier albums (Rid Of Me) will definitely appreciate this.
After this two minute offering though, it seems Harvey's aggression has been spent. Most of the album is minimalist, striking a balance between blues and folk, but the narrator is never content. Subversion, stolen innocence and poetic justice are all touched upon here (The Pocket Knife sees Harvey as a reluctant bride-to-be) Tracks such as You Come Through and one-minute instrumental The End also introduce a marine sound to her music (revisiting her youth perhaps), not forgetting Seagulls (a brief track of, well, seagull noises). The overall sound swings between delicate and dark, (It's You trembles under a crunchy guitar but the song never rises above a weary groan).
Harvey has created an album which touches upon moments from her entire career, and at the same time has managed to push her sound in a direction which offers the album its own individuality. Nowhere before the acoustic folk of The Desparate Kingdom of Love has Harvey sounded so learned. Johnny Cash would be proud.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By raresteak on 8 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
i guess after mercury prize winner 'stories...'
this album will be a cause of great controversy
those who like 'big' production might find it boring
but those who love art to its purest and minimalest use of means are bound to love it
songwriting is personal and straight to the point
pj does almost everything by herself
that's why it's such a precious work of art.
a handmade jewel in times of corporate music hysteria...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "m0844463" on 1 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Before hearing this album, I feared that P J Harvey might have made her first bad record. There was the problem of being the follow-up to the magnificent "Stories From The City...", only luke-warm reviews of the album in the press, and the threat of the "Mercury Award curse" - whereby winners' careers seem to go off the rails afterwards. Even after hearing some of the songs on the radio and internet, I was slightly disappointed that there weren't more heavy rockers on the album - some reports had compared "Uh Huh Her" with "Rid Of Me".
But we already have a "Rid Of Me", and Polly has never been one to tire us with remakes of albums. Most tracks sound uneasy at first, but give "Uh Huh Her" a few listens, and you'll find there's no other music you want to play.
The Life & Death Of Mr Badmouth is a slow but intense, growling rocker, and Polly sounds creepier than ever alongside a dirty guitar riff on It's You. Cat On The Wall and Who The F***? are delightfully black and rollicking but not in a way P J Harvey has been before. Pocket Knife is intriguingly understated and Shame is just amazingly involving. Even the more mellows tracks that I found difficult on first listens - The Slow Drug, The Darker Days Of Me And Him, and You Come Through - are completely captivating once they've taken hold.
Those that have all of P J Harvey's albums will know that they are vastly different from each other. "Uh Huh Her" follows suit but is no less genius. It's just understated genius.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "cornflake_girl658" on 12 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a fan of PJ Harvey's older work, in particular 'Is this Desire?', and a lover of her darker, more sinister tone; I have to confess i was a little unsatisfied with her last album, 'Stories from the city....' which i found in parts a little too like pop and rather lacking in substance.
'Uh Huh Her' has done a pretty effective job of winning me back!! Kicking off with the catchy and tough 'The life and death of Mr Badmouth', Harvey shows some of her old style with a return to strong bass, wild vocals and angsty lyrics. Although in my opinion the album still can't compare to 'Is this Desire' , and contains a few easily skip-able tracks which lack a really catchy theme, I find its the tracks that stand out and become caught in your memory that redeem it! Some of the best in my opinion are 'Its you', which has a darker, powerful sound which grows on you in the style of some of her older tracks, 'The life & death of Mr Badmouth', and 'The Letter'.
Overall, this album is well worth buying - possibly more so for fans of her old music before 'Stories..', but i promise parts of this album will grow on anyone who's ever liked Harvey's music - it is more of a mix of all her styles that should please everybody! This one will stay in my C.D player 'till her next release!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "torsten0301" on 25 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was only introduced to PJ Harvey roughly two weeks ago. A friend of mine spotted her giving a concert in the Brixton Academy and convinced me to come along. I must say I was literally blown away by her energy. But at the same time, despite her huge success, she seems to have stayed modest and honest.
Since the concert I have been listening to Uh Huh Her over and over again. Never heard such a pure, direct, powerful and agitating work of music. It keeps growing with every time I listen to it. The sometimes called "lo-fi" production of the album feels more authentic than the most high profile and technically overproduced works nowadays. Somehow the songs connect directly to you. Especially "The slow drug" and "The desperate kingdom of love" sound as if she sings directly next to you. The powerful "...Mr. Badmouth" and "Who the fuck?" are just amazing. The songs work perfectly together, but have also no problem to stand on their own.
I think I have become a fan for life. Just bought "Stories..." what also is a good album but by far not as pure as "Uh Huh Her". Can't wait to hear her other works.
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