Monday, July 27, 2009

915. PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000)

Track Listing

1. Big Exit
2. Good Fortune
3. A Placed Called Home
4. One Line
5. Beautiful Feeling
6. The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore
7. This Mess We're In
8. You Said Something
9. Kamikaze
10. This Is Love
11. Horses In My Dreams
12. We Float
13. This Wicked Tongue


Another pretty good album by PJ Harvey, we are having a good run lately, good for us... it won't last that long, don't worry. Meanwhile we can appreciate albums by people with real talent like PJ.

My main problem with this album is that I preferred her older albums as they had a less polished production which really fit her vocals and lyrics. Her vocals and lyrics are still great, don't get me wrong, but the sound is a bit too shiny.

The album is full of great tracks, however, and even a collaboration with Thom Yorke of Radiohead. And really when you are as good as PJ my problems with production quality are really a bit of nitpicking. So it's a great album and you should listen to it.

Track Highlights

1. The Mess We're In
2. The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore
3. A Place Called Home
4. This Is Love

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Reviews [...] were exceptionally strong, with Rolling Stone praising it as “the best album of her career” and NME hailing it "a magnificent, life-affirming opus" in their 9/10-rated review. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea won the 2001 Mercury Prize, and also brought Harvey BRIT Award nominations as Best British Female Artist for two years running, as well as two Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Performance for the single "This Is Love".

The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore:

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