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don't even remember thising it before..
Its an exclusive club and I don't think you cut the mustard.
I hereby blackball you.
but I don't think you need to start with her 'most representative' album!
If you do, probably go for one of the 90s albums (not Is This Desire or Dancehall at Louse Point). But Let England Shake is an incredibly good record and very accessible, so, yeah, start there, why not?
Why not that one?
I mean, I'd say PJ Harvey is quintessentially angry, malevolent, bluesy, quite American sounding... 'Is This Desire?' is very different in tone, brilliant though it is. But as I said above, the idea of worrying about where to start seems a bit pointless, the album's brilliant, why not start there.
If so go and listen to it instead of asking silly questions
there's a 6 track sampler on Spotify.
And here's the 'Where to start with...' thread:
And here's another one, pretty much:
But she hasn't made a duff album so you should probably just dive in, stop worrying, and take a listen.
on spotify now
I just searched and couldn't find it.
I let a lot of people down by sending them links to this
I've been hooked on it this week, I think it's not a hard listen but still has depth, so go for it!
It worries me.
If we know the best album to start with, and we like it, we can then proceed to buy everything else. If we don't like it, we still have their best album on our shelf which shows how encompassing our taste is, and we can be all sniffy and go 'yeah, I gave them a fair shot, but to be honest I found it all a bit derivative, you know?'
I hate it when people just have one album by an artist- what's the point? If you're a music fan, surely you'd actually want to spend the time getting into an artist properly? And the album which is the best introduction to an artist is not necessarily said artists best record.
I don't like the attitude that listening to music is about having as many records by different artists as possible. The BEST feeling is discovering an artists back catalogue and spending a few months immersing yourself in all the music they've produced.
But reckon the best 'un would be To Bring You My Love or Stories etc...
It's probably the most accessible album of hers, excluding Stories of the City, but I think that one is actually more unrepresentative of her. I think while Let England Shakes is also different from her other albums, I can hear elements of To Bring You My Love and Uh Huh Her in it. But really, I think only the first two, Dry and Rid of Me, actually sound similar. It's probably the most varied discography of most artists.
But I think it's nowhere near her best because it lacks (in my opinion) the personal connection she had with her previous work. I consider 'Is This Desire?' to be her best. Fantastic and intriguing album.
for raw, cathartic passion. And it makes Rid Of Me sound rather neutered, imo. And to do that to Rid Of Me is saying something.
To Bring You My Love is real premier league stuff.
After that, anyone still after more is unlikely to be disappointed by dipping into any part of the back catalogue.
all her albums are pretty good