Is This Desire? is cerebral where her other albums were visceral, both lyrically and musically.
Her most accessible album, even if the album lacks the indelible force of its predecessors.
The cover says it all. Emotions laid bare, defiance incarnate, grimy and harrowing, Rid of Me is a listening experience unlike any other.
Polly Jean's explosive debut album. A definite must-listen for alt-rock fans.
In its own way, Let England Shake may be even more singular and unsettling than White Chalk was, and its complexities make it one of Harvey’s most cleverly crafted works.
She may not break new ground with Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, but Polly Jean Harvey proves one thing: she sure knows how to tend to her plot. Hard-rocking, guitar-driven numbers, mesmerizing vocal wordplay, and plenty of noisy atmospherics prove that Harvey is still the queen of rock-noir.
The album has a dark and fatalistic mood, which Faithfull attributes partially to the post-9/11 world.
Faithfull enlisted musicians PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, as well as Damon Albarn and producer Jon Brion.
Before the Poison is poetic and unnerving; it stands alone in her catalog in the same way that Broken English did – but this time, on the other side of the mirror.