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pj harvey

let england shake



Released: 14th Feb 2011


19-years after her debut ‘dry’ polly jean shows no sign of reigning in any of her uncompromising vision & thank god, that’s why we love her. she remains one of the most prominent songwriters of our time, changing styles, refreshing herself, making every release different & interesting & growing in confidence as time goes by. ‘let england shake’ is a stark, dark & scathing analyisis of war & its social & political consequences. it’s arresting stuff, backed by  long-standing allies flood, john parish & mick harvey & recorded in a 19th century church in dorset, on a cliff top overlooking the sea. harvey uses her full vocal range, sometimes recalling the violent nature of war with a child-like quality that has a disturbing tone. samples & horns accentuate the album with parish backing her emotional & powerful vocals, expertly cementing the high quality of output the 2 have put out over the years. it’s undoubtedly some of her darkest material with some of the most folk-orientated backing but it’s  pj so nothing’s that simple. “an album that only the polly of today could have written” 10/10 - nme, “an unexpected but essential punch in the face” 8/10 - clash.

let england shake


  1. Let England Shake
  2. The Last Living Rose
  3. The Glorious Land
  4. The Words That Maketh Murder
  5. All And Everyone
  6. On Battleship Hill
  7. England
  8. In The Dark Places
  9. Bitter Branches
  10. Hanging In The Wire
  11. Written On The Forehead
  12. The Colour Of The Earth