PJ Harvey
To Bring You My Love


4.0
excellent

Review

by OrbDragon USER (34 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 17 replies | 10,735 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


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PJ Harvey is a singer/songwriter from England, and has become one of the most influential rock musicians of the past ten years. She is a very talented multi-instrumentalist, and her singing voice is very distinct and versatile. Before she went solo and experimented with various musical styles each record, she was part of a three piece alt.-rock formation (with Polly doing vocals, guitar, cello/violin). "Dry" is her debut record, while her band was still signed to an independant label called "Too Pure". PJ's big breakthrough came with "Rid Of Me", produced by Steve Albini (who fronts Rapeman, Big Black and Shellac, and became legendary for producing albums by rock bands like The Pixies). Other records are the dark, theatrical "To Bring You My Love", the concept cd "Dance Hall At Louise Point", the electronica/post rock influenced "Is This Desire?" and the most recent release "Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea"

"To Bring You My Love" is a mixture of accessible and experimental stuff...but overall this is the record where Harvey shines the most with her vocal talents. Some songs are really stripped down, while other tracks are very raw. This is definately PJ's darkest record.

01 To Bring You My Love
This song is driven by PJ's fragile guitar playing and eerie organs. The vocals are powerful as heck. It's very slow paced, raw and dark...and it goes from louder melodies too more timid ones pretty frequently and subtlely. It has a very bluesy vibe. 4/5

02 Meet Ze Monsta
This is more of a rock track with a very stomping beat...it reminds me a bit of something David Bowie would do. The vocals are very theatrical in this song. The song gets repetitive after awhile, but it's not all that bothersome. 3.5/5

03 Working For The Man
Strange, strange song...it's got a very deep bassline and eerie keyboards...and the beat sounds very artificial. The vocals are more crooning, whispering and mumbling...instead of real singing. 4/5

04 C'Mon Billy
This is a very accessible song, contrary to the last one. The vocals are great and the lyrics are easy to sing along. It's acoustic and mid-tempo...with some nice melodies. 4/5

05 Teclo
This is one of my favorite songs ever. Like the title track, it has a very dark bluesy atmosphere. It's a really depressing emotional song...and the beauty of PJ's voice become evident in the second verse when she sings "I learned to pray". It's just a very powerful heartfelt song. 5/5

06 Long Snake Moan
This is more of a straight out hard rock track...it's good, but it does get repetitive after awhile. I do like the intensity of the vocals. 3.5/5

07 Down By The Water
This is a very eerie flamenco-ish track with some cool string effects and electronica. Polly's vocals sound very clean in this song, where she usually sings more with vibrato. In the end Polly whispers a lyric over and over till the song fades out. 4.5/5

08 I Think I'm A Mother
It starts out with an acoustic guitar interlude...it's very avantgarde and simplistic. Polly "sings" with a very low voice, almost unrecognisable. 2.5/5

09 Send His Love To Me
This acoustic "folk" song is another nice one. Great vocals, great melodies. Nothing at all wrong with it. 4/5

10 The Dancer
This is a beautiful melodic latin influenced track, with guitar strumming, eerie organs. The vocals are just incredible here...it's very sexy when she lets out those little squeals. It's one of my favorite vocal performances by anyone. 5/5

Overall: 4/5



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ZEROthirtythree
February 15th 2004



234 Comments


Its surprising im the first to comment on this. Its a fantastic cd. I say its her best.

My favorite track: 04 C'Mon Billy.
My Rating of the cd: 5/5

OrbDragon
February 16th 2004



152 Comments


This album is tied with all the other PJ Harvey albums for me...I can't pick a favorite. I was pretty much expecting that not alot of people would respond.

But it is strange, especially considering the fact that she is praised by just about every mainstream rock star these days.

Dimes Make Dollars
February 18th 2004



241 Comments


After you've mentioned her so many times, I finally got this album from the library today. I'll tell you what I think

wheelz
February 19th 2004



60 Comments


i wish my library had good stuff...

Two-Headed Boy
January 26th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To be frank, this album is quite amazing.

jrowa001
April 19th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is delicious

Meatplow
April 19th 2008



5524 Comments


that it is, along with PJ herself

imperfecktion
May 18th 2009



11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

She is, in my opinion. The Modern Patti Smith.

Roach
October 27th 2009



2149 Comments


^^^ I can agree with that to an extent.

Meatplow
August 22nd 2010



5524 Comments


some of this songs are really underproduced, Working For The Man is so fucking flat and lifeless, especially in comparison to live performances of it

To Bring You My Love, C'Mon Billy and Down By The Water are great, a lot of the album sort of rambles on in a lo-fi rock sort of way I find dull though

random
April 19th 2011



2243 Comments


Amazing album.

jefflebowski
January 27th 2012



6841 Comments


rules rules rules

luschlotz
February 27th 2012



993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

as a big Pj fan, I think this is my least favorite of hers.

KILL11
August 12th 2012



133 Comments


really good

Ire
August 12th 2012



41453 Comments


agreee

KILL11
August 12th 2012



133 Comments


could be her best

SpiritCrusher2
May 21st 2013



2604 Comments


I've been addicted to The Dancer for some time now, I think it's time to listen the whole thing



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