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Back to her best,
This review is from: Stories From the City Stories From the Sea (Audio CD)
After the comparatively low-key "Is This Desire?" and "To Bring You My Love" Polly Harvey has returned to the sound of "Rid of Me" and "Dry" with devsatating effect. This is her strongest set of songs for years and she sounds more confident than ever.
The songs were written in New York and Dorset and are consistently strong. This time around there are no dabblings with tape effects such as the slowed-down "Katherine" which appeared on "Is This Desire?", instead the songs are straighter than ever, mainly up-tempo, always good.
Thom Yorke appears on three tracks (backing vocals on two, and lead vocals on the stunning "This Mess We're In") which is rather appropriate as this has just replaced Radiohead's "Kid A" as my current favourite album of the year. Excellent stuff from start to finish. If you're already a fan you'll love this; if you're not it might just convert you.