- Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B001RTYKUE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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A Woman A Man Walked By (Digipack)
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A Woman, A Man, Walked By is a new collaboration from PJ Harvey and John Parish, the follow up to Harvey and Parish’s previous collaboration Dance Hall at Louse Point (1996). An accomplished producer and composer, John Parish has recorded numerous soundtracks and has worked with artists including Eels and Giant Sand, and co-produced To Bring You My Love (1995) and also PJ Harvey’s most recent release White Chalk (2007). Features the single "Black Hearted Love".
Top Customer Reviews
From this album I particularly like "Black Hearted Love" and "A Woman A Man Walked By / The Crow Knows Where All The Little Children Go", particularly the latter whcih is raw, experimental and if playing in your car makes you turn down the volume if you have your window open with a little polite society guilt. I'm sure with time other tracks will bolt on to my favourites. This is a true test of a good album, continual listens unveil new treasures - you have to work at it to reap the rewards.
Harvey's lyrics are a mix of uncomfortably confessional, or unsettling and edgy. They are also cleverly constructed; Leaving California she plays on the similar sounds leaving, living, loving have to superficially suggest a positive theme where the opposite exists. The opening track Black Hearted Love, is PJ at her best - the opening stress of her singing matched by Parish on an elongated first beat. There is an ethereal quality to "The Soldier" carried over from her previous album White Chalk.
Yet another really good offering from PJ Harvey and John Parish. This pair should make more music together.
Highlights for me: she always opens her albums with strong numbers, and this is no exception. Black Hearted Love is an accomplished rock belter that sets the bar high; there's something that actually scares me a little about the way she sings the words "lilly-livered little parts" in that mocking, unhinged falsetto in the title track - I really would not want to be on the receiving end of this song's fury, but I do love listening to it; the understated simplicity of The Soldier (a bit like some of the quieter moments of White Chalk); and almost-final track Passionless, Pointless - a sophisticated, polished ethereal masterpiece.
Another intelligent, rich fabric of music from PJ, and a must-have.
Polly has racked up so many albums with so many feelings and emotions that i was interested to see which route I would be taken this time!
With John Parish providing the music Polly has written some of her best and most expressive lyrics to date, combine this with her many personas which she adopts on practically every track and you have an amazing album!
Polly's albums have always been musical alchemy for me, give each song time and it becomes precious to you! This album needs a few listens, with the listener in different moods, to really come alive!
All of Polly's work has a door which you have to really push against for it to open, but once inside the room is beautiful, vicious, angry, delicate and ethereal.
This album is yet another great work from Polly & John and will sit well with "most" fans who want some grit back after the dream world of 'White Chalk'.
Recommended, in fact essential.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a lot to say really as i order and buy for my son who believs P J is a goddess so thanks for the CD which arrived in good time and well packed and in perfect conditionPublished 23 months ago by Mr. J. Cooper
Perhaps one for strong PJ fans alone, otherwise, you may find it a difficult listen. There are not many catchy songs and I found it hard to connect to the album and lyrics. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2013 by Kieron Hegarty
PJ Harvey has been entertaining her fans for nearly 20 years. "A Woman A Man Walked By" is her ninth studio album and second studio collaboration with John Parish. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2011 by Amillionmiles
Not often you see such a variation in ratings, but i can fully understand why. This is tough listening in places. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2010 by Mr. J. Foster
Please do not be taken in by the excellent opening track. Ther remainder of the album is frankly tuneless garbage characterised by painful vocals. Read morePublished on 31 July 2009 by Mr. Tj Payton
I should have not bought this album. She is always trying very hard not to repeat her last works.
The 5 stars reviews are the fans that no matter what she releases, she is... Read more
Hated this from start to finish - unless you're a huge PJ fan my advice is give this record a VERY wide berth......Published on 15 Jun. 2009 by M. Chaffer
Polly inexplicably oozes cool. Everything about her is enigmatic; her French seductress cover-art, her effortless New York coolness, her erudite English charm, her ever-shifting... Read morePublished on 5 May 2009 by J Capeling