10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After being rubbed raw by producer Steve Albini for Rid of Me, PJ Harvey split from her band and worked alongside producers Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails) and John Parish on the her third studio release. Together, they achieve a deeper, richer tone accentuating the bluesy origin of her songwriting. The arrangements, played mostly by Harvey with embellishments from guitarist Joe Gore (Tom Waits), organist Mick Harvey (no relation), and multi-instrumentalist Parish, are kept minimal. The album begins with a stark, blues guitar riff and a lingering e-Bow note as Harvey's voice raises to a distorted rage over the title track. "Meet Ze Monsta" chugs with a machinist rhythm reminiscent of the Stooges. "Teclo," with Harvey on guitar, organ, piano, chimes, and bell, percolates on a circular riff that builds in obsessive desire. Where previous releases focused on her band's explosive intensity, here Harvey sculpts an artful portrait filled with dramatic shadows and fulfilling light.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After being rubbed raw by producer Steve Albini for Rid of Me, PJ Harvey split from her band and worked alongside producers Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails) and John Parish on the her third studio release. Together, they achieve a deeper, richer tone accentuating the bluesy origin of her songwriting. The arrangements, played mostly by Harvey with embellishments from guitarist Joe Gore (Tom Waits), organist Mick Harvey (no relation), and multi-instrumentalist Parish, are kept minimal. The album begins with a stark, blues guitar riff and a lingering e-Bow note as Harvey's voice raises to a distorted rage over the title track. "Meet Ze Monsta" chugs with a machinist rhythm reminiscent of the Stooges. "Teclo," with Harvey on guitar, organ, piano, chimes, and bell, percolates on a circular riff that builds in obsessive desire. Where previous releases focused on her band's explosive intensity, here Harvey sculpts an artful portrait filled with dramatic shadows and fulfilling light.

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