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Like many of PJ Harvey's albums, this 2011 release is largely about a doomed and sometimes violent love affair—only this time the affair is with her country. The music, appropriately, sports a dark, gothic feel, with ominous rhythm loops and Harvey's trademark banshee wails. England's warlike history fuels the lyrics. The title song is full of death and decay, while "The Glorious Land" samples an off-key battle trumpet, so it's already creepy enough before she gets to the lines about the casualties of war.


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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