6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Album of the Year,
This review is from: Let England Shake (Audio CD)
Quite simply, this is the best album of the year so far. Well, of the albums that this reviewer has heard anyway. An album of outstanding quality and variation. Piercing lyrics, haunting vocals; it always keeps you on your toes. I won't go in to all the highlights of this record, but 'Battleship Hill' and 'England' make for a glorious mid section...most albums you hear nowadays are top heavy with the better tracks at the front of the album, save a good one for the album closer, and then have a patchy midsection...not this one...PJ Harvey takes you on a journey in all directions...it is never boring...the instrumentation is all fabulous, and Harvey is on top form vocally...this is an album to be enjoyed in your bedroom chilling out, studying, reading...it's good on a train, too...it's not a 'getting pumped up to go out' album...it is a subtle glory.
If you want to buy any album this year, make it this one...I cannot speak highly enough of it...it is possibly the best album I have heard in the last 5 years...I have only heard a few PJ Harvey albums in the past. I enjoyed White Chalk and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, but I think this one tops the lot.
A must own.