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DiS staff, fanboys and not-that-bothered alike, are quite divided over it.
I think it might be a bit like White Chalk for me. I didn't massively get into it at first but given time and shifting contexts and reading more and more about it, it became quite a love affair.
certainly the best since 'PJ Harvey' ceased to be the name of the band (the first three records) and techncially became a solo moniker. REVIEW TO COME THIS WEEK ETC.
Laura Barton summed it up really well in The Guardian, about how it gives you this very strong homesickness, namely for England's little flaws. Very much like Laura Marling's 'Goodbye England', the whole album makes me feel all warm and lovely.
It'll be really interesting to see how American critics handle it. Because although the songs themselves are technically brilliant, I can't see how I'd end up getting into it otherwise.
to me a lot of it seems to be incredibly violent and disturbing... I mean, an awful lot of it seems to be about the first world war... specificially the experience of the Anzacs (Australian soldiers who fought for the British - On Battleship Hill and The Colour of the Earth and I think one more song that I can't think of off the top of my head would seem to be about the Anzacs).
goodness knows how she managed to write some of those lyrics. An obvious one is the "soliders fall like lumps of meat" line but it doesn't half make you take notice.
i don't think polly jean's ever disappointed me, it'd be a shame to start now
but amazing. Needs many more listens.
Kate Bush's 'The Dreaming' would seem like a pretty obvious reference point to me...
...don't tend to listen to white chalk very often although enjoy it when I do give it a spin. This sounds more immediate but with plenty to re-examine though.
I genuinely think it's one of her best. As others have said, it's definitely more immediate than White Chalk (which I really like too). Even with it's immediacy, I think there's still a lot under the surface, waiting to unfurl. There's also a lot of contrast in the sound of the album and the content of the lyrics.
intoxicating, just been listening to the album on repeat. a great video interview at the bottom of this piece:
when i read laura barton's piece in the guardian i saw poor anna calvi in the "related content" at the bottom of the page. she's been a bit cruelly over-maligned i think... but then you have polly jean swoop in here on a black wave of beautiful darkness and put practically *everyone*, not just anna calvi, to shame. incredible, really.
and after listen to these songs make me even more confusion the choice of that first single.
so hard to pick. the last living rose>the glorious land>the words that maketh murder is a fierce trio.
Just brilliant. She's very quietly becoming one of my favourites of all time. I mean I always loved her but she's starting to be one of those artists where I can't imagine being without.
that opening track is amazing though
those shimmering chords are gorgeous...
But this is really good so far.
From what I can hear (and based on the title), they're pretty fucking terrifying.
Walker sees the mist rise
over a no-man’s-land.
He sees in front of him
a smashed up waste-ground.
There are no fields or trees.
No blades of grass.
Just unburied ghosts
hanging in the wire.
Walker’s in the wire,
limbs pointing upwards.
There are no birds singing
‘The White Cliffs of Dover’.
There are no trees to sing from.
He cannot hear the wind.
Far off, a symphony.
Do you hear the guns beginning?
James Walker’s* in the mist rising
In the battered waste-ground,
the big guns firing.
(* As far as I can tell the 'James' is silent, but I can't find a James Walker on Wiki who might link to the themes of the record)
Does this mean it is like, a proper classic then?
skeptical after first listen. After repeated listens, it's genius.
Full review here: http://wp.me/pm8zG-ll
sorry, I guess I forgot to mention that part.
Is Ths Desire - 8.0
Stories from the City... - 5.5
Uh Huh Her - 7.6
White Chalk- 6.8
And both John Parish albums got around 6.
by including it in their top 200 of the decade. Really excited about the new album, didn't bother with White Chalk after the relatively disappointing Uh Huh Her, but the stuff I've heard from this so far sounds really really good.
clearly the new album deserves more than 8.8... what do you think?
playing a few tracks live, voice still send shivers down my spine.
thread but having listened around a dozen times now: MAGNIFICENT.
great to fall in love with music all over again.PJ rules!!
I've only been a very casual fan of hers until now, but this record....wow.
despite the fact that we're all being subjected to the pompous, self-important battle-cry of a priviledged country-bumpkin princess patronisingly badgering the plebs on the horrors of war from the safety of her bubble/retreat in Dorset, this is (on first listen) a big improvement on her last three lack-lustre efforts.
The vocal affectations (at times) want to make me rip my fucking ears off (someone have a word with her please?) but it may well be an album worth getting to know. Time will tell..
''despite the fact that we're all being subjected to the pompous, self-important battle-cry of a priviledged country-bumpkin princess patronisingly badgering the plebs on the horrors of war from the safety of her bubble/retreat in Dorset''
amazing. actually amazing.
*shakes head in dibelief and walks off*
You all treat her like royalty. Get a grip.
I'd say she was an inbred idiot with no brains. She's way better than royalty.
Im pretty much on the fence when it comes to her music, but its refreshing to read some nego comments queen polly on the internet when just about everyone else is kissing her inbred butt.
equals 'untouchable and above any kind of critique'? Well she's certainly above the inverse snobbery rubbish Archie was spouting anyway.
Its just my opinion, michael, charlie and musefreek. The correct one.
bet she knows how to use apostrophes correctly and all, the stuck up moo.
is kinda horribly tory.
But can't really let it affect the music and this album is pretty wonderful.
She just commented that growing up seemed natural to see fox hunts in the area and living in rural Dorset as a child it would.
i have been misled! oh well
but I'd say the concept is considerably deeper than the points you've mentioned, in many ways examining "the horrors of war" in the context of this album is more of a by product of looking at the past and present of her homeland.
so much so that i've paid the lyrics less attention than they deserve so far. now for another dozen listens
i love all her records, but wasn't a massive fan of white chalk.
in a weird way, this reminds me of to bring you my love, but i just think that's because flood is producing it.
flood + polly jean = beautiful
nothing quite like it
Only listened to the stream, so hearing properly should be ace.
Alas they're never joking
...our review by John Doran, who spent a little bit more time on it than the pillock from The Express
it really is fucking incredible.
I've always loved her but mostly 'rid of me' and 'dry'.
I don't think her voice has ever sounded better than it does now.
about half way through the first track, but wow - this is incredible
and it reminds me a bit of Haiti by Arcade Fire, in the voice probably
she really is fantastic isn't she? (not a question)