5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Simply her best and most intricate album yet,
This review is from: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (Audio CD)
Unbelievable. PJ seems to just burn brighter and brighter as time goes on. Listening to her older albums you somewhat get lost in this darkeness of times gone by however this album completely re-evokes the feeling of her earlier work only now its richer and even more deliciously complex. It shatters the illusion of the past and brings it right here into the present. You can really feel her raw emotion (you said something/beautiful feeling) and experience the beauty and enigma that is PJ Harvey
Every track counts on this album which is a rarity in itself. Its opening track "Big Exit" is beleagured with her trademark darkness and nihilism and we know PJ is on the warpath again. The collaboration with Thom Yorke "This mess we're in" is a fantastic blend of talent. Both slightly strange and enigmatic one could almost belief some odd half-lit relationship was going on between them-it works superbly and does not relent each time its listened to. Surprisingly the album has a tone of the headiness of being in love which may or may not be a cross-over of PJ's real-life seeping into her musical creativity. Definitely a classic album that I personally will refer to for many years to come. Most definitely an album of depth and influence ( notably of Patti Smith-who she scarily sounds like in one of the tracks). One word- "Quality".