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Experimentation without the pretention,
By A Customer
This review is from: Dry (Audio CD)
Sometimes you come across an album which makes you reconsider your whole view of the music scene, and this is the one that did it for me. Polly Harvey's lyrics are deeply personal and dramatically intense - lines such as "Ease myself into a body bag" suggest that perhaps PJ isn't an entirely happy bunny. But then, neither is she depressed within these songs to a degree that the album becomes oppressing.
In a world where 'experimental' becomes unlistenable, PJ Harvey takes it in her stride. Screeching violins which manage not to be unbearable, faux-naïf lyrics such as "I dreamt of a man / He fed me fine food / He gave me shiny things", and of course her vocals themselves. How can you fail to be taken in by this near perfect album, which successfully paved the way for further masterpieces such as "To bring you my love" and "Is this desire?"? This album converted me to the genius of PJ Harvey, and I implore you to order it RIGHT NOW so your life can be a bit more sinister, and amazingly also that little bit brighter.
Stand out tracks : Sheela-Na-Gig (Passionate and Rhythmical) and Plants and Rags (wailing violins that still manage to be tuneful? How do she do it?)