This review is from: Rid Of Me (Audio CD)
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 disorientating. I can think of only a few other albums as uncompromising in sonics and sentiment, (The Holy Bible, White Light White Heat, the work of bands like Butthole Surfers and Albini's own Big Black).
It's odd to think of 'recorder' Steve Albini polishing an artist's sound, but that sort of what he's done here. Wheras Dry has great songs but sounds a little like a collection of demos, Rid of Me explodes from your speakers. It has the most perversely extreme dynamics of any record I can think of. The intro the opening title track is so quiet that if I'm listening from another room, I'll turn up the stereo just to be able to hear it; at which point Harvey unleashes a riff of such blistering volume as to make your neighbours hate you forever.
Although this is in many ways a 'difficult' album the riffs here are so infectious that, along with other reviewers here, I think any lover of hard rock will instantly take to it. But it's not just big riffs; Man-Size Sextet foreshadows the more restrained but equally discomfiting sound of Harvey's next two albums. Using only Harvey's voice and Psycho-style strings; it is utterly terrifying.