I can't believe life's so complex . All Rights Reserved. It’s PJ’s Zeppelin moment. the next day. Genres: Alternative Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Art Rock. from Uh Huh Her (2004; Island), When PJ Harvey released Uh Huh Her in 2004, it seemed like the first time since her debut that Harvey released an album without an overarching, unifying theme or aesthetic motif. from Is This Desire? In the mid-’90s, PJ Harvey became romantically involved with Nick Cave, which he recently discussed with typically entertaining candor on his The Right Hand Files Q&A blog. Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley announce collaborative album. Over a militant and harsh sounding guitar, those observations grow particularly bleak in “The Ministry of Defence,” one of the album’s most ominous songs, climaxing in a chilling message: “Scratched in the wall in biro pen/This is how the world will end.”, “A Perfect Day Elise” (3:06) The blues belters of To Bring You My Love and punk rock intensity of Rid of Me had no place on this record, made mostly with acoustic instruments and with spooky, ethereal tones. (1998; Island). That it involves a baptism no doubt feels like a callback to her most famous song, “Down by the Water,” which despite being something of a hit manages to be even darker. from Uh Huh Her (2004; Island). Budi's favourite line from Dance Hall... is ‘Words can’t save lives’ from the song Civil War Correspondent. PJ Harvey lyrics - 140 song lyrics sorted by album, including "The Words That Maketh Murder", "Dress", "To Bring You My Love". On “Written on the Forehead,” one of the highlights of 2011’s Let England Shake, she creates a strange contrast between depictions of war and destruction against one of the prettiest and most gloriously dreamy melodies on the album. Bath “Dress” (3:18) Visit our corporate site. By chelsea brimstin Best New Indie, Features & Lists 08.01.2021. from Let England Shake (2011; Vagrant). I was 17 when I first discovered her, and she came as a relief to me, as I understood through her that I didn't have to commit to the common male perspective of what the role of a 'girl in a band' should be, but at the same time, I didn’t have to join an open fight against machoism in music, like Bikini Kill and the likes. In the video for the track, Harvey’s depicted as floating in a river in the red dress on the cover of To Bring You My Love, though th… From 60 people Sheela-Na-Gig PJ Harvey. Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist and saxophone player. And in its fallout, two albums resulted—Cave’s 1997 album The Boatman’s Call and Harvey’s Is This Desire? PJ Harvey had arguably never sounded so heavy until this point, and since, for that matter. ...Veil is stripped back, played by only an acoustic guitar and her very clear, unaffected voice, in a straight forward ballad with a very touching end. from To Bring You My Love (1995; Island). PJ Harvey Written-By, Recorded By. She takes this difficult and much-debated issue and gives a voice to a woman undergoing the procedure. “50 Ft. Queenie” (2:23) “Missed” (4:25) On an album that mostly comprises guitar and organ, it’s driven by an absolutely thunderous bassline. Please review our complete Privacy Policy for more information. PJ Harvey’s music tends to resist easy narratives like that. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Polly Jean "PJ" Harvey MBE (born 9 October 1969) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. An actual hits collection may never happen, but this selection of singles and deep cuts—in order of what made the best playlist—reveals why Harvey’s earned her status as a legend. “Rid of Me” (4:28) That’s in part because it’s based on a story by Flannery O’Connor, famed for her own uniquely macabre storytelling, and part of it is due to the very sound of the song. There’s a strong inkling of insanity on how being a man ‘gets to her head’. A breakup song depicted in almost supernatural imagery, “The Garden” finds the subtlest phrases (“There was trouble…taking place“) carrying the heaviest meaning. 10 Best Songs. A Perfect Day Elise has beautiful, heavy drums, and Harvey's voice is so sad yet sweet. PJ Harvey discography and songs: Music profile for PJ Harvey, born 9 October 1969. I’m one BIG QUEEN! C'est l'amour. PJ Harvey: 10 of the Best On Friday, PJ Harvey begins recording her new album in public view in a cube in Somerset House in London. Sign up below to get the latest from Louder, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! It’s not as if she abandoned blues entirely here, but it takes on an entirely different form, one that leads you to believe Harvey didn’t see The Devil at the Crossroads, but something not quite human all the same. But it’s in the chorus where all the fear and anger turns sublime: “Baby, baby, ain’t it true/That I’m immortal, when I’m with you.” It’s a potent mix of romance and terror, pushed over the edge by one of her greatest choruses. This is may collect user data. She has, however, released a number of absolute masterpieces, and remains the only artist to win the Mercury Prize twice. It’s gloomy and funereal, melodic but steeped in textures and layers that feel like apparitions seeping through the walls. One of the most intense and powerful moments in Harvey’s catalogue. It almost feels like a wager accepted, turning something innocent and ordinary into an act of wanton desire. Facebook ; Twitter; YouTube; Spotify; Instagram; Newsletter; 50ft Queenie. After all, the city’s most famous conman ended up president. A lot of what makes PJ Harvey’s songs great is the sheer fury, the cleverness of her words or the raw emotions they carry. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. (Kind of—Side B’s a little crowded.) It sounds like clouds opening for a ray of light, with the creepy 'Even the son of god had to die, my darling'. The emotional fallout resulted in one of Harvey’s darkest and most harrowing releases, but it’s not all necessarily so personal or so exposed. from White Chalk (2007; Island). It’s Old Testament blues, delivered with requisite hellfire. Lyrically, Harvey takes those male stereotypes and turns them around. Best of PJ Harvey: https://goo.gl/dWLbrJSubscribe here: https://goo.gl/oaQYwTMusic video by PJ Harvey performing Good Fortune. “A Place Called Home” (3:43) In the video for the track, Harvey’s depicted as floating in a river in the red dress on the cover of To Bring You My Love, though the heavy wig she wore weighed her down, making it difficult to float back to the surface. from Is This Desire? 10 Best Songs. Listen to any two PJ Harvey albums back to back and you’ll find little to no repetition, going from the high-adrenaline punk of Rid of Me to the haunted blues of To Bring You My Love and the industrial art-pop of Is This Desire? https://www.theguardian.com/.../oct/11/pj-harveys-50-greatest-songs-ranked Rid of Me is pretty light on ballads. She sounds her most natural on this record. Not particularly pleasurable ones. I haven’t heard a similar string section anywhere else in rock music. PJ Harvey is very much a music artist’s artist, consistently cool, cult-level & critically acclaimed, with her albums showered with accolades. The guitar is a mix of classic R&B and 90s rock. Captain Beefheart meets Goddard Lieberson. It all breaks open for the chorus: ‘Jesus, save me’. from Dry (1992; Too Pure/Indigo). “Written on the Forehead” (3:40) The title track of “To Bring You My Love” is the latter, a powerful opening track that unfolds slowly over repetitions of a guitar riff as an eerie organ chills in the background. It’s the most visceral listening experience in her entire discography. That’s because Harvey is one of the greatest songwriters of our time. Je n'arrive pas à croire que la vie soit si complexe. When I just want to sit here and watch you undress. from Rid of Me (1993; Island). After releasing her eighth LP, White Chalk, and launching a two-date-only U.S. tour, PJ Harvey talks to Pitchfork about touring alone, playing piano, and writing scary songs. "When Under Ether" is a song written by PJ Harvey for her album White Chalk (2007). Direct, vulnerable lyrics replace the allegories and metaphors of her previous work, and the album's production polishes the songs instead of obscuring them in noise or studio tricks. “The Garden” in particular seems to shiver with spectral tones and eerie visitations, the piano in particular a slightly unsettling if still quite pretty focal point. And so Harvey’s chant of “If you put it on, if you put it on…” becomes almost a resentful cry. This is the song I play to people who haven’t heard PJ Harvey before (or claim they don’t like her music, or think she is too serious). from Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000; Island). I guess it takes a brilliant songwriter like PJ Harvey to write a very beautiful, non-cringey and non-judgemental song about abortion. “The River,” in contrast to “50 Ft. Queenie,” is a song that’s best shared a little once newcomers dive a little deeper into Harvey’s catalog. It’s a salient point about an album in which Harvey sought to observe rather than be immersed, though “The Wheel,” the album’s catchiest track, makes some poignant points of its own about how we grow desensitized to death as the numbers grow. from Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000; Island). I’m number one second to no one. Is This Desire is a fantastic album, and many people were surprised by Harvey's first solo work since To Bring You My Love. They all seem to suffer through love in their own way, most of them quite on the edge. The song is very fun and seems to be about a woman demanding a lot of sexual attention. We’re starting 2021 off right with some amazing new tunes! from To Bring You My Love (1995; Island). “The Wheel” (5:37) It’s just a very good record. I love the tenderness of her voice and the very carefully arranged songs. The only artist to win the Mercury Prize twice, PJ Harvey began her professional music career in 1991. from Let England Shake (2011; Vagrant). Which doesn’t mean the songs don’t work together or that it’s a bad album—not at all. There was a problem. Hear PJ Harvey’s “This Mess We’re In” Demo From New Reissue . Sprinkled throughout Harvey’s third album are a number of Easter-egg Captain Beefheart references, this song’s title taken from a Beefheart lyric on Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), though Harvey never quite achieved the oddball carnival new-math psychedelia of Don Van Vliet’s wildest moments. The rawness of her first two records, collected on the revealing 4-Track Demos, give an excellent glance into her songwriting and put a fat, consoling plaster on the wounds the 80s left on our musical souls: don’t use any musical glitter, no unnecessary sounds. Beautifully sung, and what a drive from the drums – plus Budi's favourite guitar solo ever. Stay up to date on news, reviews, interviews and more. from Rid of Me (1993; Island). Her music is hauntingly beautiful and there’s treasures to find on every record she made. When PJ Harvey released The Hope Six Demolition Project in 2016, the Washington Post‘s Chris Richards observed that its songs, deemed controversial by a few critics for its somewhat detached depictions of poverty and people whose lives were ravaged by war, sounded a lot like journalism. Leisure Tank's new single, Higher, is out now via Goddamn Records. It was very exciting, as I had never seen her live before and she was fantastic. This is love. After her hit record and the wonderful 4-Track Demos, I was afraid Harvey would go commercial. One of the longer songs on Rid of Me, and one of the grossest, “Rub Til It Bleeds” takes its time building up—and, well, you’ll understand why in just a second—to a pretty explosive climax. from Dry (1992; Too Pure/Indigo). Even if it doesn’t quite carry the sledgehammer impact that Steve Albini’s production would bring to Rid of Me the next year, “Dress” is propelled by some of Rob Ellis’ heaviest drum work and a fierce tension. That this stands in contrast to the upbeat, fun song—driven by a saxophone hook—seems to only echo her point. Back then – when being exposed to new music was very much down to a bigger label signing a cool band and putting money into their exposure – Harvey was a blessing for all us women writing and playing music. “Sheela-Na-Gig” (3:10) Like various other moments on the uniformly outstanding To Bring You My Love, “Long Snake Moan” references other classic blues tracks, the title in particular a nod to Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Black Snake Moan.” But more than anything this is a highlight on the album for how furious a rock song it is. Unsettling though the song may be, it’s an unquestionable banger. It’s not an outlier per se, but it feels like a genuine haunting in a way that few of her other songs do. Hear PJ Harvey’s “This Mess We’re In” Demo From New Reissue. “The Words That Maketh Murder” (3:45) All rights reserved. 12. Along with many others, I consider PJ Harvey's Let England Shake to be the best pop/rock album of 2011 (see my review). (1998; Island). The song rises up from whisper-quiet to crushingly loud, making the impact of every beat felt that much deeper as Harvey’s double tracks her own vocals, shouting “Don’t you wish you never, never met her!” against screeches of “Lick my legs! If the song can’t survive a simple setting with no gadgetry, then it's not worth keeping. With six of their most definitive songs, the tracks that may not be their best-selling or most well-known but are the intrinsic qualities that make up the artist, we’re offering the ultimate crash-course in history’s greatest. The guitar is a mix of classic R&B and 90s rock. “Big Exit” (3:51) To mark the occasion, here are 10 landmark tracks Over the past 27 years, Polly Jean Harvey has released nine albums, two collaborative releases with John Parish, a theatrical score, a compilation of Peel Sessions and a set of 4-Track Demos, but no best-of collection to date, despite having released something on the order of around 40 singles. “Rub Til It Bleeds” (5:03) And for that matter, her catalogue has so far evaded any high profile reissue campaigns (though those original pressings are getting a little expensive, just sayin’). It made me think of the preposterous importance of American prom-night dresses when I heard it for the first time. Search; Premature Evaluation: PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project. “Down By the Water” (3:14) from To Bring You My Love(1995; Island) It’s both somewhat ironic and entirely fitting that PJ Harvey’s best known song is also one of her most macabre. With PJ Harvey about to play two special shows at the Royal Festival Hall we take a look at the west country girl’s best tracks. While she’s made more complex, conceptual and elaborate records, PJ Harvey’s Dry packs a punch that few debut albums can live up to. A true gem on John Parish and PJ Harvey's latest record. The band's frontman, John Parish, became her long-term collaborator. This song seems to be an answer to all those male songs, written from the 30s until the 90s, about ‘the beautiful girl, the 'status symbol'. Facebook Twitter. I guess that (and her look back then) is why she was compared to Patti Smith so much, the fact that she didn’t seem eager to please and she made it all about her work – the story and the song. Partially because it’s one of the first PJ Harvey songs I ever heard (maybe you did too, it was on Beavis and Butthead), and partially because it’s Polly Jean at her most potent. Leisure Tank's new single, Higher, is out now via Goddamn Records. The name that comes up while selecting Dylan’s best covers of all time is that of the English rock musician PJ Harvey. It’s both somewhat ironic and entirely fitting that PJ Harvey’s best known song is also one of her most macabre. To me, her guitar had something old-fashioned; the riffs and licks she played reminded me of Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones. But what makes “A Place Called Home” so glorious is its arrangement. It was released as the album's first single in September 2007. from Is This Desire? But our drummer, Budi, is even a bigger fan than me – Harvey's music has influenced his playing just as much as it did my own coming of age as a musician. “You Come Through” (2:48) It always has. Here are 10 of her best. Next up is the wildly talented Polly Jean Harvey. Harvey's character's ego is exploding in front of the listener – she boasts and swells into the 50ft Queenie, reminiscent of the 50s B-Movie Attack Of The 50 Ft Woman. “To Bring You My Love” (5:33) Chicago: prog, jazz rock or AOR? PJ Harvey . If I were asked to choose one song to introduce someone to PJ Harvey, it’d be this. The song climaxes in a chant of “I think I’ll take my problems to the United Nations,” quoting Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” in a situation that’s far more grim. But it’s when Harvey invokes the title phrase over a pair of crashing, distorted chords that the thunder and lightning begin to strike. from To Bring You My Love (1995; Island). Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments. The 10 Best Bon Iver Songs. Best New Indie: 10 songs you need to discover this week Post navigation < > Featuring Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, The Black Keys, and more! I understand the lyrics of Water in the way that, by challenging God on his words, she drowns in the sea. There might initially seem to be a slicker sheen on the 12 songs that comprise 2000’s Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, but darkness and fear still creep through them. I’m on fire!” One interviewer even commented to her that she sounded “psychotic” in her performance of this song, to which she replied she almost was psychotic at the time of recording it. It's so haunting and touching, with the classic Harvey/Parish setting – organ and slow drums. “When Under Ether” (2:22) Harvey's character's ego is exploding in front of the listener – she boasts and swells into the 50ft Queenie, reminiscent of the 50s B-Movie Attack Of The 50 Ft Woman. “Meet Ze Monsta” is, however, one of the rawest, crunchiest and most driving tracks on To Bring You My Love. PJ Harvey - New Album, Out Now. This song was #32 on Rolling Stone ' s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007 and reached number 101 in the UK Singles Chart. Water (and Victory) are musically so exceptional and outstanding that they still have a strong force – they were almost post-rock long before the term was born. “Long Snake Moan” (5:15) Premature Evaluation: PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project. Harvey Where she'd so far played with her voice mostly to reincarnate the characters and moods of her lyrics, on this album she sounds more gentle, fragile, intimate; almost girlish. I admired her poetry and guitar playing. When you enlist someone like Steve Albini to record your album—an engineer best known for perfecting a bone-cracking drum sound—you probably want to apply those skills to where they’d be used best. Support our Site—Subscribe to Our Patreon: Become one of our monthly patrons and help support an independent media resource while gaining access to exclusive content, shirts, playlists, mixtapes and more. BA1 1UA. You can check out the video below. But she gets an assist from Niney the Observer’s “Blood and Fire,” whose own words comprise the chorus: “Blood, blood, blood, blood and fire.” It all feels strangely comforting and gentle, a tender moment of reflection amid a world ablaze. Paroles en Anglais. Quand je veux juste m'asseoir ici et te regarder te déshabiller. And then there are others that feel epic, befitting a cinematic experience with the budget of a Coppola or a Scorsese. When Harvey moves from that old woman's voice into 'I dream, that I’m walking, that I’m watching,' it leaves me flabbergasted every time I hear the song. This is the song I play to people who haven’t heard PJ Harvey before (or claim they don’t like her music, or think she is too serious). The strings are so beautifully arranged – and how cool was it to see Rob Ellis conducting the sextet wearing his drum gloves in the film Reeling? Salinger story, which she translates into a stunning quasi-industrial pop gem. And while Harvey herself has said that rock ‘n’ roll is inherently sexual, this is something way beyond that. News; Music; Song Lyrics; Photos; Poetry; Film; Other Works; Biog; Playlists; Store; Social Media Profiles. In a way, a lot of music fans and musicians had been waiting for her at that time. Victory contains one of most beautiful lyrics I've ever heard: ‘I’m on my hill; I wait for wind’. White Chalk is Harvey's piano album, and I saw her playing solo in Berlin promoting it. Thank you for signing up to Louder. And that’s because it’s about handjobs. PJ Harvey’s Best Songs As picked by the jam community, 2011–2015 Rid Of Me PJ Harvey. © The 10 Best Steely Dan Songs. When PJ Harvey arrived in the 90s, there wasn’t much female-led, blues-influenced alternative rock around. “Meet Ze Monsta” (3:29) Red light, red green, sat back, I’m watching. “A Perfect Day Elise,” the album’s lead single, was inspired by a J.D. from The Hope Six Demolition Project (2016; Vagrant). from Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000; Island), The backdrop of 2000’s Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is New York City, and the common language of the city (and by extension the whole country) is capitalism. (1998; Island). A wonderful wall of noise to create a matching background of emotions for the haunting, hastily-spoken lyrics. The truth was a mix of all three! A gothic blues track in which a mother drowns her own daughter, “Down by the Water” is Harvey’s own update on murder ballad tradition, infusing it with a creepy groove and some rhythmic shakes of maraca. Your email address will not be published. You can check out the video below. © 2020 Treble Media. In a little over two minutes, she effectively introduces herself with the kind of brashness and hyperbole typically afforded men: “Hey I’m the king of the world, you oughta hear my song/Come on and measure me, I’m twenty inches long.” Here’s where PJ Harvey, still fairly early in her career, effectively built up an imposing persona, and she sounds unstoppable. There are songs within PJ Harvey’s catalog that feel more like a suckerpunch straight to the jaw. Harvey performed the song at a tribute to longtime friend and influential DJ John Peel six weeks after his death, which gives the already gorgeous songs a new kind of emotional weight: “I’ll take you my friend/I’ll take you with me.”, “The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore” (4:01) Initially fronting an eponymous trio, she went solo after two albums. The 'fun' song on Dry. “When Under Ether” is just two minutes long, but it’s a truly stunning moment, its minimal piano riff droning beneath Harvey’s spectral delivery. What begins as a fairly minimal pop song built on a one-note drone begins to add new layers, many of them Harvey’s own voice, creating a gorgeous harmony set against a stark piano as the song rides out. A chorus of backup singers chants “I heard it was 28,000,” referring possibly to gun deaths in the U.S., troop surges or otherwise. Dynamically, they're very lively. PJ Harvey. Uncomfortable imagery aside, it’s an absolute monster of a rock anthem, punching with an almost unbearable ferocity, Rob Ellis sounding like he’s about to put a hole in his snare. And among its excellent batch of songs is this highlight, an airy respite from the raw moments like “The Letter” and “Who the Fuck?”, driven by marimba and a subtle layer of strings. I always imagine PJ Harvey and John Parish having tons of fun during the recording of Taut. Gun imagery abounds on leadoff track “Big Exit”; “I want a pistol,” she sings, “I want a gun.” Her yelps sound terrified, confused, the echo of someone who doesn’t know how to cope with a violent society other than to become a part of it. The title dress is a metaphor for a relationship that’s falling apart and someone desperate to try to keep it together. We have 5 albums and 157 song lyrics in our database. So it stands to reason that the most violent track on the album is the one caught up in the cycle of unending transactions—drugs, prostitution, Wall Street. To me, Harder is the essence of all the characters on To Bring You My Love. From 61 people Down By The Water PJ Harvey. That puts her in an unusual category with bands like Tool or AC/DC—plenty of source material to choose from, but no immediate interest in going back to that well anytime soon. Traduction en Français. Please refresh the page and try again. PJ Harvey est la seule artiste à avoir reçu à deux reprises un Mercury Prize, la première fois pour Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea publié en 2000, puis une deuxième fois pour Let England Shake sorti en 2011. The opening lines leave an impact: “I’ve seen and done things I want to forget/I’ve seen soldiers fall like lumps of meat.” It’s ugly, unpleasant imagery, infused into a song that takes a satirical look at global diplomacy. from To Bring You My Love (1995; Island). Shuggie Otis first made the case for epistolary romance on “Strawberry Letter 23,” but three decades later PJ Harvey took that idea far enough to put a few censors on edge. View Pj Harvey song lyrics by popularity along with songs featured in, albums, videos and song meanings. Take the single “Sheela-Na-Gig,” a two-chord ripper of a rock song that packs a lot into its three minutes. At the time PJ Harvey announced 2011’s Let England Shake, it seemed peculiar that she’d revisit stories from World War I in her songs, though it didn’t require too much close examination to find parallels between the literal depictions in her songs and the endless cycle of war that’s essentially been happening for decades. “The River” (4:52) This week marks PJ Harvey’s 50th birthday, and to mark the occasion I’ve selected 23 of the best PJ Harvey songs that would fit neatly on four sides of vinyl. Prior to that I had heard little of Harvey's music -- just the songs from To Bring You My Love (1995) that got radio airplay back in the days after the grunge explosion in the early/mid-Nineties when "alternative rock" stations were everywhere. Hey! It’s one of the loudest and punchiest of Harvey’s albums, despite having some of her best ballads, and songs like this are the reason why. She kicks up a whirlwind of anger and confusion only to ask, “Just give me something I can believe.”, “The Garden” (4:12) that sets it apart from PJ Harvey’s other albums—the biographical backstory, the intense electronic elements—but what’s always made it stand out to me was the fact that it’s basically her most goth album. Leisure Tank frontwoman K.C McKanzie shares the 10 PJ Harvey songs that have inspired her the most. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, The album cover's stylish, subtly sexy image suggests what its songs confirm: PJ Harvey has grown up. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It’s fairly rare that PJ Harvey lets a sample help tell her story, but that she does it so sparingly makes it all the more effective when it happens. without missing a beat. Everything PJ Harvey does is essential, but this one is even more essential than all the others, and you suspect it’ll still sound great in another 100 years. 1995's To Bring You My Love had some drum sounds which sounded too artificial for my taste, though it was still a great album. At the time it was released, Harvey’s 2007 album White Chalk received a more lukewarm reception than its predecessors, in large part because it was so much more subdued and sparse. And then comes Dance Hall… – a 180 degree turn in sounds, songs and especially her voice. Stay up to date on the latest news, reviews, interviews and more. from Rid of Me (1993; Island). But this is one of those rare tender moments on a record full of raw and aggressive rock songs. Tender is a relative term here, and as Harvey’s stated in interviews, most of her source material doesn’t come from personal experience: “I would have to be 40 and very worn out to have experienced everything I think about.” This track, likely inspired by the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots and separation from her son, is one of those moments in which a gruesome historical moment becomes strangely affecting and relatable. “The Ministry of Defence” (4:11) Albums include Let England Shake, To Bring You My Love, and Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea. She sounded shy and her voice wasn’t as manic as it appeared on her preceding album. She could have ridden the wave of her commercial success and spat out another heavy album like To Bring You My Love, but she chose a different, more interesting and risky route. The music is intricate and plays with the common rock expectations. I can't believe life's so complex. You will receive a verification email shortly. Harvey, whose career took off in the 1990s, grew up listening to Dylan, whose songs by then had crossed the Atlantic and conquered Europe. Harder was a B-Side, and has Harvey's To Bring You My Love voice in exaggeration. No one can stop me. Picking an actual favorite PJ Harvey song is complicated, simply because of the breadth of her material, not to mention the diversity of it. “The Letter” (3:23) Versions (27) Trouver votre version . Named for a carving of a woman stretching her vulva, as seen in England and Ireland, the song is a push-and-pull between sexual aggression and repulsion, rife with double-entendre and critical takes on sexual double standards. That’s what we learned from Harvey's first records. With a roaring rock arrangement seemingly informed by her recent collaboration with Josh Homme on Desert Sessions, “The Letter” describes the ritual of writing a letter in a way that sounds downright raunchy: “The curve of my g,” “Your beautiful pen/Take the cap off,” “Wet the envelope/Lick it, lick it” etc. 50ft Queenie. from Rid of Me (1993; Island). Put the song first. Je n'arrive pas à croire que la vie soit si complexe. It’s a symbol of magical thinking, where that one thing can fix everything if it’s just right—but obviously it can’t. Resist easy narratives like that of our time the song can ’ t together... Rock music 4:25 ) from Let England Shake ( 2011 ; Vagrant.... Perfect Day Elise has beautiful, non-cringey and non-judgemental song about abortion covers of all the characters on Bring! Both somewhat ironic and entirely fitting that PJ Harvey arrived in the Sea unsettling though the can... 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