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As a female songwriter addressing gender politics in the early ’90s, Polly Harvey drew comparisons to the Riot Grrrl movement. If this 1992 debut suggests any of her contemporaries though, it’s Nirvana with its bruising riffs, pop hooks and vocals that mine an impassioned yet vulnerable soul. Otherwise, this concoction of sensuality and spikiness seeded into blues, folk and post-punk is remarkably singular. “Dress and “Sheela-Na-Gig” are exhilarating in melody and power, while “Plants and Rags” proves that even ballads can have thrillingly sharp edges.

Customer Reviews

Songs From A Room

Back in 1994 i lived in a crummy bedsit with horrid damp walls. Out of the 10 albums i rescued from the wreckage of my former home this was one i played and played. It really is that good! Plants and Rags and Dress are personal choices but every time i play this album i can smell damp wallpaper and inscence sticks. Nostalgia, great innit!

The Best Indie First Album Ever

This is startling. Deep, hard, angry, brutal. What a beginning for Polly. This is a must have for all lovers of indie music.

Just because it's ten years old doesn't mean your nan likes it

Why oh why are there only two reviews for this album? It is arguable better than 'Horses' and certainly the definitive post everything angry girl debut album of that decade. PJ Harvey holds her head up with all the greats and ironically, her music being so unbalanced and extraordinarily inquisitive, she has remained stable, producing a consistently excellent, though occasionally challenging, catalogue. This album hits you in the face from its opening chords and wail and doesn't stop hitting you until its final track 'water' which just happens to be one of her signature masterpieces - yes that's right, the last track. It isn't all anger - there are gaps and silences, but these tend to be included in the tracks and not packaged up neatly into the obligatory ballad. PJ Harvey is absolutely uncompromising and consequently her music is exquisitly soulful, raw, paradoxical and always angry but never to the point of destruction. Here is a woman in control and at the top of her game from the first blow of the whistle. Take my advice: Listen to this album and convert. You will thank me for it.

Biography

Born: 09 October 1969 in Yeovil, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

During the alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few have proved as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of her career, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of her era, exploring themes of sex, love, and religion with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and a twisted theatricality. At the outset, she led the trio PJ Harvey, which delivered her stark songs with bruisingly powerful,...
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