A interesting mix of folk, punk, rock and grunge,
This review is from: A Woman A Man Walked By (Audio CD)
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. As expected, the lyrics and vocal arrangements are written by PJ whilst the music and instruments are provided by John. Their unique artistry really pulls together on this release and they manage to create a very dark but sincere piece of work.
"Black Hearted Love" is a great punk rock opener with great musical arrangements. "Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen" is more of a punk tune with a folk vibe to it and very strange lyrics but, as a result, is one of the great tracks here. The subtle yet eerie sounding "Leaving California" is much softer but still manages to maintain the dark atmospheric theme of this release. "The Chair" is an interesting and much more erratic creation, but it blends well with the other songs. On the pop ballad "April", PJ's vocals sound very croaky which makes the song much more intriguing than it could have been. "A Woman A Man Walked By/The Crow Knows Where All The Little Children Go" is a very addictive punk folk tune with fantastic lyrics and vocals, and is my favourite song on this album. "The Soldier" is a simple yet captivating acoustic number with a lovely soft melody. In complete contrast, "Pig Will Not" is a very angry and feisty punk track and is another highlight. "Passionless, Pointless" is a solid rock ballad with a sleepy and consistent feel to it. The final track "Cracks In The Canvas" is a short but effective acoustic outro.
With this release, PJ Harvey takes on an interesting and mesmerising journey where we discover her music and creativity all over again. "A Woman A Man Walked By" is one of her most consistent efforts to date and her collaboration with John Parish seems only stronger.