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Uh Huh Her (U.S. Version)

PJ Harvey

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Coming after the grandly produced Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Uh Huh Her delivered the perfect reaction shot. Harvey recorded everything but the backing vocals and drums herself. The effect is that of a garage band with a beautifully primitive grasp. “The Pocket Knife” is spare and direct. “The Life and Death of Mr. Badmouth” is brutal and churning. “The Letter” expands the sound ever so subtly with layers of guitars and keyboards to offset Harvey’s punkish glee. But it’s the keyboard and whispers of “The Slow Drug” that create the best soundstage. Here, Harvey finds a narcotic buzz that’s as slowly shape-forming as a lava lamp. “No Child of Mine” plays like a simple folk-song sing-along. The arrangements are ever changing for what is primarily a one-woman show. “Cat on the Wall” catches a grunting punk grind. “The Desperate Kingdom of Love” is shockingly tender. “The Darker Days Of Me and Him” is disturbingly solitary and lonely, a brilliant ending to an album that travels through time and space by the most primitive means.

Customer Reviews

Hauntingly Beautiful...

It's been over a year since this album was released and it is still a vital part of my music collection. Haunting, beautiful, with a dash of danger in joy, and joy in danger, a perfect dark brilliance. Polly Jean captures the unflinching truth, with her gift of insight and her ability to translate raw feelings into something that conveys the underlying emotion is so fantastic. The Slow Drug, The Letter, The Desperate Kingdome of Love, and You Come Through anchors this record with a sense of hope and hopelessness, reading as an uncannily accurate meth-fueled state of the union.

AWESOME STUFF

omg- this stuff is soooooo awesome!!! best songs are: 1. Shame 2. The Letter 3. Cat on The Wall 4. You Come Through 5. The Desperate Kingdom of Love

Uhuh Her

PJ Harvey kind of back tracks to her earlier sound, but does it...differently (again). Some great stand outs are her acoustic track No Child of Mine (up there with Plants and Rags) the Letter (another one of PJ's great sexually desiring songs) the Desperate Kingdom of Love (another great acoustic ballad) and the Life and Death of Mister Bad Mouth (which is sort of a new category for her - more like a mellow version of a Rid of Me song).

Biography

Born: October 9, 1969 in Yeovil, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the early-'90s alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few were as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of three albums, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of the '90s, exploring themes of sex, love, and religion with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and a twisted theatricality. At the outset of her career, she led the trio PJ Harvey, which delivered her stark songs...
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