|My PJ Harvey Albums List WORST to BEST|
PJ Harvey has been rocking the Indie scene for almost two decades now. Since her debut in 1992, PJ Harvey has gained a dedicated fanbase with a steady flow of critical admiration for her virtuosity in instruments, stylish vocals, and heavy Rock sensibilities. Here is my ranking of her albums from Worst to Best.
Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
A sentimental album that generally devolves into mush about halfway through. Some tracks are good, but the rest are just abysmal.
Let England Shake
A Folk Rock album that somewhat achieves at being alright. I found myself surprisingly bored about a quarter in. Though I do acknowledge it's craftsmanship, it's slick production is jarring considering the genre she is doing here. Designed somewhat as a protest album, the lyrics generally come off as hamfisted. It's indie packaged as commercial, missing the mark of both.
The Hope Six Demolition Project
PJ Harvey's main mistake within this album was that, instead of acknowledging problems with tact and giving them depth, she just goes down a laundry list of problems she has with America at this point. I get a little sick of musicians getting praise for talking about shit that's been talked about a million times before. It doesn't make your music good. This is a generic protest album from an artist who barely wishes to delve too far into the issues for fear of actually having to commit to the shit she says. And no, her stupid protests of Walmart don't count.
For a debut, Dry was surprisingly solid. A more Punk-oriented record, Dry was less commercial than PJ's later works, but showed just energetic and creative PJ Harvey could be. The tracks melded together in such a way that the entire album could be considered one giant song, that is an achievement worth celebrating.
Rid of Me
Generally, when you get Steve Albini to produce your album, it's going to be good. Rid of Me is, not surprisingly, an amazing record filled to the brim with Punk and Blues hits. The production is swift and rough, giving this animalistic fury to the album. A standout album.
Uh Huh Her
After completely dropping the ball three years earlier. PJ decided to time had come to really change up her dynamic. The result is a Bluesy/lo-fi journey through PJ's more vulnerable side. It is soft and beautiful in no short order.
|5||PJ Harvey and John Parish|
A Woman a Man Walked By
After 13 years, John and PJ made another duo album. Sure it didn't match the staying power and acclaim of their first record, but A Woman a Man Walked By still manages to enclose the listener in it's almost devious songwriting and beautiful production. It is beautiful in that it knows what you want to listen to, and how you want to listen to it.
Is This Desire?
One of the most baffling, incoherent, and wacky albums of PJ Harvey's entire career. Despite all of these things, Is This Desire? maintains a sense of urgency that almost begs you to keep listening. It's an album that almost requires more than one listen to just process whatever the fuck you just heard, but you know you enjoyed it regardless.
To Bring You My Love
The final album of the PJ Harvey Trio before they disbanded and PJ went mostly solo, To Bring You My Love is a steady sendoff, featuring heavy Bluesy tracks that jump between negative and positive emotions with breakneck speed. It is packed with amazing tracks that make this one of PJ Harvey's best.
|2||PJ Harvey and John Parish|
Dance Hall at Louse Point
An experimental masterpiece of brilliant energy and astonishing efficiency. Dance Hall at Louse Point maintains itself as one of the greatest Art Rock albums of the late 1990's, and one of both PJ and Parish's best albums. Featuring the combined talents of both musicians, Dance Hall mixes different Rock genre's into a cesspool of madness, polished to near perfection.
One of the most haunting albums ever released for human listening. A Goth/Chamber Music masterclass in production, lyricism, and instrumentation. With White Chalk, PJ laments being hounded by ghosts and devil's of dead lovers in a whirlwind of horror that creeps to the listener with a dark whisper. It is beautiful, yet horrific; cryptic, yet transparent. A combination of elements to establish PJ Harvey's emotional state in a cavalcade of dreadful tranquility.