PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
Welcome to Chatty April, celebrating albums with 5 or more words in the title!
This is Polly Jean Harvey’s last of a hat trick of albums included in the 1001 list (along with Dry and Rid of Me).
The verdict: Solid.
Now in the interest of full disclosure, this does include 3 tracks featuring Thom Yorke. The Radiohead frontman could resort to mumbling & making computer sound effects (some might say, hey that sounds like Radiohead!) and I’d still think it’s better than anything else released in any year starting with 20-. If I’m prone to severe lapses in objectivity, it’s likely with any records involving members of Radiohead or The Smiths. As one of our fridge magnets says, Pobody’s Nerfect.
That being said, he doesn’t show up until track 4 and I was already well on my way to enjoying the record by that point.
Harvey’s voice is distinct & the record, while never flashy, begs relistens & perhaps more importantly, further PJ Harvey catalogue exploration.
Although her debut, Dry, hardly qualifies for ‘Chatty April,’ I’m now motivated to work it in to a monthly theme sooner rather than later.