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During her career, Polly Jean Harvey has had as many incarnations as she has albums. She's gone from the Yeovil art student of her debut Dry, to Rid of Me's punk poetess to To Bring You My Love and Is This Desire?'s postmodern siren; on Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea — inspired by her stay in New York City and life in the English countryside — she's changed again. The album cover's stylish, subtly sexy image suggests what its songs confirm: PJ Harvey has grown up. Direct, vulnerable lyrics replace the allegories and metaphors of her previous work, and the album's production polishes the songs instead of obscuring them in noise or studio tricks. On the album's best tracks, such as "Kamikaze" and "This Is Love," a sexy, shouty blues-punk number that features the memorable refrain "I can't believe life is so complex/When I just want to sit here and watch you undress," Harvey sounds sensual and revitalized. The New York influences surface on the glamorous punk rock of "Big Exit" and "Good Fortune," on which Harvey channels both Chrissie Hynde's sexy tough girl and Patti Smith's ferocious yelp. Ballads like the sweetly urgent, piano and marimba-driven "One Line" and the Thom Yorke duet "This Mess We're In" avoid the painful depths of Harvey's darkest songs; "Horses in My Dreams" also reflects Harvey's new emotional balance: "I have pulled myself clear," she sighs, and we believe her. However, "We Float"'s glossy choruses veer close to Lillith Fair territory, and longtime fans can't help but miss the visceral impact of her early work, but Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea doesn't compromise her essential passion. Hopefully, this album's happier, more direct PJ Harvey is a persona she'll keep around for a while.

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Forget the snobs...this is good Harvey!

PJ Harvey fans who go back to "Dry" or "Rid of Me" may reject the slick, mainstream sound of this production, but don't turn up your nose on the basis of snobbish opinion. Polly Jean has displayed some real maturity as a songwriter and vocalist on this set, and Steve Albini was the right man to keep her sound grounded in her roots as she tested new waters. Its a delicate line maintaining a career in music after 10 years without alienating old fans. Critics accuse artists of becoming stale and formulaic when they slavishly stick to their roots, fans scream "sell-out" when the sound borders on mainstream/radio-friendly. Damned if you do or don't. But the great ones, from the Beatles, to Led Zep, to The Police, to U2 all grew, matured, experimented, and yeah -- they sometimes bombed (Consider "Presence" or "Pop" by Led Zep/U2 respectively). Still PJ gets 5 stars for this one -- 4 for the content, and 1 for being brave enough to try something new. True fans won't regret adding this to the collection...I didn't.


The Itunes review for this record is wrong; actually, the review is a carbon copy of the one posted for Rid of Me. Some people said that this is an Albini album. It's not. First, he would never produce something this poppy or slick. It's produced by her former drummer Rob Ellis and Head. With that being said, there's nothing wrong with this album, but there's nothing absolutely amazing about it either. Her lyrics, which tend to be amazing pieces of poetry, were compromised for the more poppy sound and feel. They're just a complete downfall from her predecessor album Is This Desire? Other than that, the music is good, with standouts from Good Fortune, A Place Called Home (very heartfelt hopeful song, new for her), Beautiful Feeling, and The W***es Hustle and the Hustlers W***e. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent album. However, I disagree with the people that say this is the place to start off with her. If you do this, than your expectations might be let down -she just isn't going to do another poppy album. The rest of her library is much darker, rock oriented and atmospheric. If you want the correct place to start with her, start from the beginning, with Dry. That's a good summary of all of her work.

PJ Harvey perfectly aims towards a "cheerful" album

Influenced by her stay in New York, "Stories" is meant to be her happy album and the music fully makes that true. You Said Something is a beautiful and one of her quiet songs in her collection. Good Fortune gives you the image of New York. Her lyrics are very nicely written and Thom Yorke on The Mess We're In is very well done. PJ Harvey shows her range and her ability to still be relevant in the music world.


Nacido(a): 09 de octubre de 1969 en Yeovil, England

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '90s, '00s, '10s

De las muchas cantautoras que alcanzaron la fama a principios de los años 90, muy pocas fueron tan originales y despertaron tan unánime admiración como Polly Jean Harvey. Harvey se convirtió en una de las artistas más distintivas e influyentes de los 90, al explorar temas como el sexo, el amor y la religión con brutal honestidad, humor negro, y un retorcido sentido de la teatralidad. Al principio de su carrera, al frente del trío PJ Harvey, la artista interpretaba sus despojadas canciones con un...
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