PJ Harvey: Let Eng­land Shake

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy - – GRAEME HAMMOND

This is the out­come of a pe­riod in which Harvey im­mersed her­self in sto­ries of war – from Gal­lipoli to Afghanistan. It is, need­less to say, a con­cept al­bum. She is pas­sion­ate, emo­tional, deeply heart­felt – and in places deeply self-in­dul­gent. Most songs are built on solemn ar­range­ments of a sin­gle gui­tar and brushed drums, with sparse key­board ac­com­pa­ni­ment. There are some pow­er­ful mo­ments, but Harvey wafts and wails and – at the risk of sound­ing like a philis­tine, I have to say she does go on a bit. Eng­land, the lyri­cal linch­pin of the al­bum, is a strain to lis­ten to. All & Ev­ery­one is a touch pompous. It’s bold and dar­ing... but how of­ten do you want to hear it?

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