In all honesty I am not the biggest PJ Harvey fan… Hopefully Richard from To Die By Your Side won’t disown me as a friend.

I suppose I have never really grasped her music as her fans have, however on her latest album Let England Shake I find myself open and exploring her nuances. Let England Shake is a bittersweet love letter to her homeland written with just the right amount of attitude and style. There is something incredibly sophisticated and unique about this album and I think for the first time people like me are really hearing exactly what makes Polly Jean Harvey so damn special.

The Last Living RosePJ Harvey

Let England Shake 2011 (Vagrant Records)


5 Responses to “The Last Living Rose”

  1. Richard on March 3rd, 2011 9:32 am

    Don’t worry, no disowning going on. Although if you like this I think you should definitely try more PJ Harvey. ‘Stores From The City..’ is probably the place to go next if you haven’t heard it.

    This is a great record though!

    Oh and my Radiohead comment wasn’t aimed at you btw.

  2. Rachel on March 3rd, 2011 1:12 pm

    I will check out ‘Stores From A City’. I have only dabbled ‘To Bring You My Love’ and ‘White Chalk’.

    Let England Shake is indeed a really great record. I seem to enjoy it more and more with each listen.

    p.s. I knew that the comment on Radiohead was not directed towards me but I wanted to clear the air anyway. :-)

  3. Christina on March 11th, 2011 6:48 pm

    Fun PJ Harvey “OMG SHE”S AMAZING” story:

    So, my best friend wasn’t really a fan of hers either until one night out of the blue another friend of mine had tickets to see her in LA and couldnt go due to the fact that her and her friend couldn’t find a babysitter for their combined children; so knowing that I was a huge fan of hers, (which I am) she called me to see if I wanted to buy the tickets for only twenty bucks (the original tickets where close to $80). And I did. I took my best friend and we drove up to LA, in traffic, at the last minute to catch the show. Once there we gathered up some gin and tonics, found our seats, and waited eagerly – well I did, my friend was just happy she had a drink. She came out all sassy and cute equipped with her intense husky voice and my friend just fell in love with her! We danced and made friends with the people around us, and let me tell you! She was a huge fan after that! :)

  4. Rachel on March 14th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Wow. Sounds like I have to see her live. Isn’t it interesting that a live show can make or break a band? Thanks for the great story Christina! :-)

  5. Kelly Nicholas on March 15th, 2011 7:06 am

    Amazing that you said that…I essentially have thought the same thing for many years, since around the time of “Rid of Me”: have admired her daring and her musical choices but have always found them a little too maudlin/grating/SOMETHING, and I am a big fan of dark. Just heard “The Last Living Rose” and I am impressed enough to not only go buy “Let England Shake” but also to go try again with her earlier stuff.

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