Review: PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’

Review: PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’: Aidin Vaziri | Two decades into a wildly prolific career, Polly Jean Harvey remains resolute and restless. Her eighth album, the follow-up to the disquietingly raw “White Chalk,” sees another sharp left turn. She tempers the banshee wail with her most uplifting melodies since 2000’s “Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea,” while tearing into current events on songs such as the auto-harp-driven “The Words That Maketh Murder” and reggae-tinged “Written on the Forehead.” At points, she sounds utterly unrecognizable, whether breaking into a muted yodel in “On Battleship Hill,” revealing a previously unheard falsetto on the title track or leading the death-rattle campfire hymn “The Colour of the Earth.” But that’s what has always made Harvey stand out – the absolute refusal to stand still.

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