Monday, February 28, 2011

What We're Listening To: PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
Universal/Island Records 2011

A bold concept album about World War I and its effect on the collective psyche of Europe.  The pleasant, high-register of Ms. Polly Jean's songbird warble may momentarily distract the listener from the resonantly dark lyrical content, but this is an affecting listen throughout.  An indictment of modern warfare at its core, the album is a masterpiece of storytelling that is only heightened by the use of unusual instrumentation and sharp, poignant melodies (the autoharp and zither feature prominently). 

Renowned photographer Seamus Murphy's video for "The Words That Maketh Murder"

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