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PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)

April 1, 2013

Welcome to Chatty April, celebrating albums with 5 or more words in the title!

[Album 164/1001]220px-Stories_From_The_City,_Stories_From_The_Sea

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.

From → 2000s

  1. One of my professors loved PJ Harvey’s lyrics so much that he found a way to work them into lectures on varied ancient and early modern philosophers’ works on a semi-regular basis. Of course, that was earlier repertoire than this album, but I’m sure he loves this too, The lyrics alone are definitely always worth a revisit.

    • That sounds like a course well worth attending! With Holly’s recent interest in Robin Hood, I think she’d approve of me listening to someone named PJ – perhaps Polly Jean Harvey should put those initials on her luggage?!

  2. Oh definitely. But only if she also takes along a snake to who she can say “Be gone loooong one”.

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

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