PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2000-10-23

The most incendiary female British performer to emerge in the 1990s, Polly Jean Harvey has fought against stereotyping every step of her career. Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea--her sixth album--is as powerful a record as any she's made. It strikes a masterful balance between her blues/folk roots, avant garde leanings and soaring pop sensibility. The abrasive and jagged guitars hark back to her fiery 1992 debut album Dry on the ballistic yet anthemic opener "Big Exit" while the dreamy and opulent closer "We Float" demonstrates how her song writing has matured. Elsewhere the clamour and emotional rush of a heady relationship--particularly on the Thom Yorke duet "The Mess We're In"--gives the album a ferocious clarity. The production skills of Mick Harvey (of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds) lends depth and assurance, but though PJ quotes from many influences--The Who, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, even West Side Story--her own indomitable presence shines throughout. Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea showcases a singular talent at the peak of her powers. --Gavin Martin

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