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Shining, haunting, scary, beautiful.
on 19 April 2009
PJ Harvey has always been on the individualistic side of things, being to my mind pretty difficult to classify or put into a box. Her style has varied so much - from the seedy grunge of To Bring You My Love (which is where my connection with PJ starts), to the smart rock of Stories, to the sparse folk anthems of White Chalk. And with this latest album, she's combined it all to produce a varied musical landscape bringing together all of her previous musical styles and adding something indelibly new and PJH to it.
Highlights for me: she always opens her albums with strong numbers, and this is no exception. Black Hearted Love is an accomplished rock belter that sets the bar high; there's something that actually scares me a little about the way she sings the words "lilly-livered little parts" in that mocking, unhinged falsetto in the title track - I really would not want to be on the receiving end of this song's fury, but I do love listening to it; the understated simplicity of The Soldier (a bit like some of the quieter moments of White Chalk); and almost-final track Passionless, Pointless - a sophisticated, polished ethereal masterpiece.
Another intelligent, rich fabric of music from PJ, and a must-have.