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Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

PJ Harvey

2000

Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

Album Summary

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey, released on 24 October 2000 by Island Records. Recorded during March to April 2000, it contains themes of love that are tied into Harvey's affection for New York City.The album became the second major commercial success of her recording career, following her successful breakthrough To Bring You My Love (1995). Upon its release, the album received acclaim from most music critics and earned Harvey several accolades, including the 2001 Mercury Prize. It spent 17 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, and was certified Platinum in the UK and Australia. It is generally regarded as one of her best works.

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Rating

3.33

Votes

4696

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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5

PJ Harvey is yet another in a too-long list of outstanding musical artists who I somehow just simply missed altogether when they were definitely available to me as a listener and concert-goer. I remember hearing her name a lot, and she was spoken very very highly of by a number of people whose musical tastes were similar to mine. Anyway, even though I can't quite explain how I didn't listen to her 21 years ago when this album was released, I can say after having listened to it that I think it's fantastic work. Compelling, intriguing, very interesting chord progressions and rhythms, and I just dig the overall vibe. Dark without being too self-referential or too harsh. Really solid album.

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5

In which critic’s darling Polly Jean evokes rather than describes new love darkened by a generalised dread that, if you want to take things too far, kind of adumbrates 9/11 the following year. Twenty years on, it’s a useful reminder of two truths. One, love always wins the day. Two, the West had been demonstrating its skills in geopolitical goat-fuckery for decades, and 9/11 wasn’t the bolt from the blue many like to pretend. Anyway, the album. Again and again, Harvey throws a rope around her unwieldy themes: “I’m immortal when I’m with you, but I want a pistol in my hand”; “Does it have to be a world full of dread? I want to chase you round the table and touch your head”; “I can’t believe the axis turns on suffering when you taste so good”; “This world all gone to war. All I need is you tonight.”; “I draw a line from your heart to mine. A line to keep us safe.” Her themes are distilled to bold and beautiful physical gestures, but they wouldn’t carry half as much heft without the sonics that are the album’s greatest achievement. It’s a sound you feel could sweep across an ocean. That’s no coincidence, as there are more than a few references here to Polly’s separation from her man. If I’m reading it right, he’s in London and she’s in New York (omg, omg, omg: 9/11). The surprisingly sparse arrangements match the economy of her writing, averaging (yep, I’ve done the sum) 4.3 instruments per track. Only the blissful ‘We Float’ gets a big-finish 12! Shit, Polly, quit flexin’. As always, it’s not about how much is there, it’s about what it does. And the standard guitar-bass-drums—sprinkled with harmonium, harpsichord, tambourine, maracas, electric piano, E. bow, bells, and djembe—are deeper than a full orchestra because you can feel the spaces between them. At the dawn of a century (oh god, what am I doing?) defined for many by the alienating effects of globalisation, evoking ’the spaces between’ is pretty damn clairvoyant. And so I thank Polly for reminding me of the lines you can draw across those spaces, from one heart to another. [Vomits]

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5

Enjoyed this one. PJ’s seemingly odd and occultist personality really comes through in her own perception of love.

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5

An exquisite album from an extraordinary artist at the top of her game, PJ Harvey’s song writing and playing hits another level. Beautiful, melodic love songs that rock hard.

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4

Substantive and coherent. Thoughtful and driving. No real huge hits but a certain timelessness -- professionally executed at a very high level. Holds up and will continue to. Thom Yorke's guest appearance tells you all you need to know about the overall quality and band's position at the time.

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5

It starts off innocently, a couple of fairly standard rocky numbers, which had me worrying about lack of diversity. Then we hit the numbers she did with Thom Yorke, which sandwich the genius of "The Whores Hustle..." Now we start hearing the Nick Cave influence. There is light, shade, darkness. She uses that voice to stab you in the heart. When it's over, you feel bereft. Thank God for replay. I knew she was good, but this is the best album I've heard in years.

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5

Her most accessible album, and quite possibly her masterpiece (it's either this or Rid Of Me). It's as close as mainstream America finally got to embracing Generation X's Joni Mitchell. It might be due to the fact that Polly Jean sounds happy and playful, at least compared to her earlier work. Polly Jean Harvey deserves to have as many albums on this list as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. And this one's my favorite.

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Strong female vocals with driving guitars and a punk sensibility. I really like this! Favorite Tracks: Big Exit, A Place Called Home, One Line, Beautiful Feeling, The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore, We Float. Least Favorite Tracks: Horses In My Dreams

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4

Great storytelling sick guitar. Loved the little piano/organ situation on a track I can't remember the name of and can always get around a Thom Yorke feature. Kamikaze is my highlight.

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4

Really enjoyed this. More rocky and less experimental than I expected. Such a powerful voice. A few real banging tracks. Liked the Thom Yorke cameos

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4

Unreal, very Patti smith

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4

This is the first artist that I've heard of - This is a solid album and PJ Harvey gets high marks for being influential, but it's not quite a 5 star album for me. Some obvious influences are Patti Smith on "Good Fortune" and Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl on the opening of "This is Love". There's also a great collaboration with Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

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4

Pulsating alternative rock. Even without Thom Yorke's cameos there are shades of Radiohead there. PJ Harvey certainly does concept albums well, these songs are indicative of New York

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Альбом, уже ставший классикой и обязательным для прослушивания любому любителю рока. Для себя отмечу песни с Томом Йорком из Radiohead. 7 баллов из 10.

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Sparse, very 2000s. I like Thom Yorke's appearance. I also like this record a ton more than "Let England Shake". A little bit more rock foward, with some slow spots here and there. Favorite tracks: "Big Exit", "One Line", "The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore"

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3

You know, I didn't hate this album. I didn't love it either. It was just ... okay. I enjoyed listening to it in the background as I got stuff done. There aren't really any standout tracks and, on a whole, the album felt like a bit of a jumbled mess. Maybe it's my lack of connection to the material. The wiki says that this was a bit of a love letter to New York. That city doesn't need a love letter. It needs a tetanus shot and a month in rehab. But it wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination. It really wasn't. Perfectly adequate. Extremely middling.

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3

This album sounds so 90s to me. At least it did when it started. As it got closer to the end I was like oh shit, this is where Patti Smith's influence had taken us in the early 2000's. As I was thinking how much she sounded like Patti on the song "This is Love," the very next track was called, "HORSES in My Dreams." Coincidence?! Probably, but damn she was serving my Patti on a few of those songs. Vocally at least. I didn't feel the feverish raw energy that Patti brought me and the songs kind of sounded like the epitome of late 90s/early 2000s alternative. I'm sure at the time it was a head turning sound, plus we were visited by everyones favorite alien, Thom Yorke, on "This Mess We're In," so I'm not going to come down on it too hard.

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As much as I try to like PJ Harvey, I always end up getting annoyed with her music.

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Lol

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5

The undisputed queen of indie rock pulls out her masterpiece!

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5

AMAZING album that I was unaware was a thing. Added it to my list of go-to albums and could listen to this on repeat with no issues.

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5

I love this album!

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5

PJ showing the world she can climb the charts keeping her alternative integrity perfectly untouched. Monumental.

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5

Polly Jean es una de esas artistas en mi vida que no están presentes todo todo el tiempo, pero que me encantan. Tiene una fuerza creativa muy chida, "Beautiful Feeling" fue por mucho tiempo mi favorita de este disco, aunque "This Is Love" y "This Mess We're In" también tenían lo suyo. Reescucharla con atención hizo que ahora me gusten mucho "A Place Called Home" y "Kamikaze" (con todo lo rockera que suena está última). La voz de PJ me encanta, tanto cuando se aloca como cuando canta tranquila, en calma. El disco abre enérgico y tiene un cierre más moderado. La quiero mucho. No tengo skips en este disco.10/10

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5

Aguante PJ Harvey! Un disco variado, sad, pesado, pegajoso, con ritmo, con depre, con melancolia. Tracks favoritos: this is love y kamikaze. Mood: viendo la lluvia escurrir por la ventana de un camión

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5

La primera parte de la carrera de PJ fue forjada bajo la cruz del blues. Acá yo, meco que soy, noto una onda más jingle jangle en la guitarra, mucho más melódica (esa línea de los Byrds que atraviesa los 80 y regala cumbres con R.E.M.) y arpegiada. Big Exit es una gran entrada (pun intended) para este disco. Good Fortune capitaliza ese sonido que intuyo. Brillante y muy emocionante, una de sus mejores canciones. A Place Called Home me remite a muchas cosas, todas muy cinematográficas, de esas de heroísmo pasional y romántico, también me retumba otra vez las formas vocales de Michael Stipe y en cuanto a sonido, las ondas pop de electrónica orgánica del Adore de los Smashing. Canta hermoso aquí. Puedo seguir con cada canción pero la neta mejor escúchenlo completo y díganle que lo haga a la persona que más confianza le tengan. Pd. La de The Whores Hustle.... le hubiera encantado a Kurt Cobain.

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5

I’m ashamed I hadn’t heard this earlier. What a marvelous album.

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5

My intro to Polly Jean. Still in my top 5 albums.

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5

5/5, this album was fantastic, I was torn between 4/5 for a while but the last couple tracks swayed me. The album does it all and does it well, most tracks felt unique and well produced, the antepenultimate taking you high, followed by the horses taking you low was cool, but coupled with the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ resolution to end the album, truly impressed me. This is a prime example of the necessity of this website

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5

This Mess We're In - awesome Kamikaze - rock & roll The Wicked Tounge - Hidden track but on another spotify session album good stuff

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5

Great album, great songwriter. She’s influential as hell, there’s not much more I can say about her

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5

I love PJ Harvey, and I love this album. One of her best. 5 stars.

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5

PJ Harvey was not fucking around when she put this album together. A lot of fantastic songs. Excellent stuff! Fave track - the duet with Thom Yorke was great an all, but I have to go with "Good Fortune" overall, but like three quarters of the other tracks come in a close second place!

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5

Beste plaat van PJ. Zo vaak gedraaid al en blijft elke keer prachtig.

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5

Two PJ records in one week! I dithered over giving a 5 star rating to Rid Of Me, because I love it but it’s simply not as flawless as this. So I’m essentially saying this would get a 5 plus, if such a thing existed. Every song is great; the beautiful softer moments just as much as the powerful rock tracks. The opening bars make me feel as excited now as they did when I first heard it age 13. Still looking for a karaoke place where I can belt out Good Fortune.

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5

Wow this is fantastic. I knew a few of the songs already but it’s really incredible as a whole. The standouts for me are the songs with Thom.

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5

I’ve heard of PJ Harvey but really had no clue what sort of music it was. As I started to listen I got a Pretenders vibe. The first half of the album I was liking well enough, but nothing was grabbing me or making me want to hit that “Add to Library” button. Wasn’t sure this was standing out amidst several weeks of standout albums… When “The Mess We’re In” came on I stopped what I was doing and just listened. I’m a big fan of Thom Yorke and recognized him instantly and really, really loved the song. Now the album has my full attention. “You Said Something” took me back to New York. “Kamikaze” with the vocal delivery and drums. “Horses in my Dreams” with its shambling, dreamy feel. And “We Float” with it’s great, spare verses soaring chorus ended things on a high note. On the second listen I realized how great this album is. Standouts this time included “A Place Called Home,” “One Line” and “The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore” - really fantastic. How had I glossed over these the first time? I guess I needed that Thom Yorke kick in the ass to get me to pay attention. The music is as cool as the album cover. Really great album.

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5

Didn't know much of PJ Harvey aside from 50ft Queenie, which is a great punk song but I didn't know how I'd feel about a whole album. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea was a wonderful surprise. This is solid alternative rock with a grown-up point of view. During my first listen, I favorited half the tracks. During the second, I favorited the rest. I love this.

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5

Probably some of PJ's best work, serious themes and some cracking tunes. Love "Big Exit", "One Life" and "Beautiful Feeling". Love it and rightfully on this list.

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5

Had never heard of PJ Harvey, 5/5 rating though!

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5

What a great inside look to the women’s rock scene of the late 90s and early 2000s. I really enjoyed this one.

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5

I really enjoyed this one and will be revisiting it. I enjoyed every single song. I think due to my age, I missed out on a lot of things, and I'm so happy to have discovered this one.

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5

Like it

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5

Need to listen to this a lot more

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5

very cool

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5

Absolutely blown away by how good this is, for years I’d been aware of PJ Harvey but I’d never thought to listen to any of her music, despite knowing that several bands I like cited her as an influence. Glad this one has been added to my library. A solid 5/5.

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5

One of my favourite albums from 00’s

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5

What an album! Right from the opening track, PJ Harvey hits off firing on all 12 cylinders. Between this album and To Bring You My Love, I argue Harvey brings forth a damn excellent case for best female vocal performance ever in terms of the emotions it triggers in me (which, in my mind, implies best vocal performance ever, period). The fact this performance is closely tied to recording technique does not hinder, but rather further supports to prowess of this multi talented musician.

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5

Brilliant, one of my favourite albums ever, and Good Fortune one of my favourite songs ever. Noting fantastic production by Mick Harvey (ex Bad Seeds).

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5

🥰🥰🥰

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5

Awesome album! PJ is a badass singer/songwriter.

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5

Pretty much as close to perfection as alternative rock gets.

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5

An excellent bridge between the ‘90s and ‘00s alternative. Harvey’s voice is so eloquent but really quite excellent. Strong songwriting and storytelling makes this a great surprise!

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5

I love everything about this album and have since I first heard it.

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5

Good Fortune is one of the top rock songs of the decade You Said Something is my favourite song in the history of music This is my 10th relisten and I love Polly Jean Harvey This Mess We're In was gutwrenching but I am not a fan of the other duet

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5

Not bad

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5

Every track is gold.

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5

That crooked mouth Speaks to me

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5

The album certifies hot stormy lyrics with raw guitar. Have always loved a few of these tracks

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5

Loved this so much, no clue how I missed this until now. This is the first album that I’ve added to my library on Spotify, I adore the sound. Makes me oddly nostalgic.

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5

I'm sad it took me so long to check this album out. Perfect vibes.

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5

My favourite PJ Harvey album

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5

I love the energy on this album. This Mess We're In, one of my favourite tracks of all time but then it does have Thom Yorke on it.

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5

i stan PJ Harvey

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5

the Thom Yorke bits seemed very un-Thom Yorke and that made it a bit strange

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5

Fantastic, can't believe I've not listened before!

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5

Widescreen yet personal. One of PJH's most compelling and consistent albums.

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5

This is such a good album! I’ve always been curious about her music, but never gotten into it. And now I want to listen to other albums of hers.

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4

Heart vibez. Enjoyable album

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4

Nice, but not really my thing.

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4

Great alt-rock album which fits perfectly with the fall weather. Thom Yorke made some great contributions aswell

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4

Great stuff - everything I hear from PJ Harvey I love.

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4

I heard good things about her and I really enjoyed this album. It had some great songs and was really consistent. Thom Yorke feature was also amazing. 8.8/10

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4

Great - had not really listened to this before, but really enjoyed it.

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4

Chill vibes.

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4

Some songs a bit forgettable but others are excellent

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4

great

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4

Great one, never heard it in full until now

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4

Actually really liked this one. An album that was honestly a little heavier than I expected and would go back and forth from that to more of that singer songwriter vibe. Good stuff. Favorite Tracks: “Big Exit,” “Beautiful Feeling,” and “The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore

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4

8/10 jiji

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4

Good

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4

Ace. Great voice and rocks when it rocks

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4

I thought this was pretty good, just a strong alt rock album. Her voice is great and it didn't fuck around with being super soft then loud then soft again like Rid of Me does. Like this more for sure

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4

Me gustó el álbum aunque necesito más escuchadas para profundizar en el por qué (?), pero así de rápido me gusto que suena como una Alanis Morissette gone dark(er?).

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4

I haven't really dabbled in PJ after the first couple of albums. Not as raw or barbed down as the earlier albums. This is a good album, with good songs.

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4

Tolle Frau, tolle Sängerin!

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4

Two songs in, I already love it. How come I'd never listened to this album before?

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4

Really enjoyed this. It definitely felt indicative of 90s music but also somehow felt fresh. Got New York City vibes throughout

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4

great - better that my expectations. Good vocals and lyrics but the guitars are the best

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4

Properly enjoyed this album. Grungey feeling at times, and always a good level of rock music with strong vocals. Highlight was probably "This Mess We're In" with Thom Yorke or "This Is Love". Will probably listen again, and will have a look to see what else PJ Harvey has done.

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4

Wow! Ladies with unusual voices! Vibey rock.

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4

Thoroughly liked this one. I love turn of the century alt rock, and this is no exception.

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4

Oldschool Alternative Rock, dessen gute Songs vor allem von einer dichten Produktion mit ordentlich Gravitas profitieren. Nach mehrmaligem Hören kann selbst das nervige Sirenengeheul von „Kamikaze“ nicht den guten Eindruck versauen, den dieses kurzweilige und mit fluffigen Singles gespickte Ding erweckt. 3.5

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4

An album full of highlights - and it's not even her best!

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4

I have three accounts, and this is the third listen for me. The first two times I gave this album a 3/5 stars rating. I had never heard of her before. Now, I'm kind of a fan. This album is pretty great. Solid 4/5 now.

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4

This is a fine album from a favorite of mine. Favorite songs ...A Place For Us, with some striking rhythm guitar work and a stellar pj vocal performance. The haunting It's the Best Thing. The muscular guitar chords of The Whore's Hustle and the Hustler's Whore. The beautiful duet with Thom Yorke on This Mess We're In and my favorite song the absolutely gorgeous You Said Something with a melody that will haunt you for days. Kamikaze sounds like it could have been straight from the Rid of Me sessions, and the closer We Float is as beautiful a ballad as Polly has ever penned. A solid 4 🌟 album for me.

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4

Fairly easy listening from PJ

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4

Enjoyable album

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4

PJ, eigenlijk vroeger nooit echt geluisterd, nu vond ik het echt eens lekker en mooi om te horen

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4

Very listenable. I do not know all the back stories, but glad this Thom collaboration happened.

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4

This is my 2nd PJ Harvey album since starting and the first one was a very easy 1 so I was pretty bummed when this popped up. That said, where the other album was very experimental, weird, and overall just hard to listent to; this is just more of a straightforward rock album. Really reminds me of Garbage or some of the more grungy female artists from the 90s, would fit right in with that era though I guess 2000 isn't that far behind. This Mess We're In has Thom Yorke out of nowhere. Not only was this album not a 1, I downright enjoyed it.

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4

I used to have this album. Maybe I still do (somewhere). I think I prefer "To Bring You My Love", but this is pretty good.

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4

I had heard of pj before, but never actually heard her. Was expecting something different. This was great, exciting, rocky, had a good esge to it. Will listen again

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4

Fantastic Millenial angst. I think it wasn't quite as good as Dry, but I did quite enjoy it.

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4

Worth to relisten

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4

great

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4

very cooolll didn’t quite hit the same as rid of me but still good and love the song with thom

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4

8/10

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4

Muy buen disco!

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4

Buen detalle la aparición sorpresa de don ojo cheche

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4

I liked the layers of the rhythm guitar, bass and drums with the jangly lead lines on top. Catchy vocals and very nice to hear some vibes on a couple tracks, enjoyed it.

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4

Un dels millors discos del canvi de mil.leni i la primera gran obra de PJ Harvey, que barreja l'experimentació dels primers discos amb el posi madur i més melòdic del que havia de venir en el futur. Aquí exceleix en tots dos aspectes, marcant canvi de rumb i la cúspide de les seves dues maneres d'entendre la música. 'The Mess We're In' és incomensurable, i altres temes com 'Good Fortune', 'You Said Something' o 'We Float' són del millor que va donar el rock aquells anys

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4

Gritty. Simple but catchy guitar riffs Gritty voice and attitude. Pass on Thom Yorke appearance.

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4

Really enjoyed it. Harvey’s vocals are great, and the songs were good

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4

Good late 90s alt rock sounding album

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4

I hadn't heard of PJ Harvey before, ended up really liking this album. This Mess We're In (with Thom Yorke) was great, but my favorite song was We Float, last one!

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4

It's a really good album. The second PJ Harvey album I've been served by this list and I've really enjoyed both.

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4

This mess we're in....

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NME called it ""a magnificent, life-affirming opus". I prefer "a fun jaunt".

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4

Quite liked this album. Is it indie-punk? Alternative? A little dark and a little grimy.

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4

I have heard Good Fortune. Never knew that I knew this song, but it instantly brought me to a certain time/place. Reminds me of REM meets Pretenders. A Place Called Home is a lost Cure song if you ask me. Really good stuff.

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4

Like the guitar, lyrics, her voice. Brilliant.

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4

4/5. Very Patti Smith, kinda U2 too. I dug it

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4

Very good album. I will be exploring more of her music going forward.

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4

Really like this new-to-me artist. Bought the album.

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4

This was great. One extra star just for the song with Thom Yorke.

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4

Liked the album had some grunge, rock, punk vibes

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4

Better than "Let England Shake", but at times it just doesen't feel like music, it's that boring. I absolutely love the albumcover though. Ok I take that back. Second half picks up. 4

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4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: This is love, This mess we’re in

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4

I was never there, but I feel like this album captures the feel of a moment of time, that moment being New York immediately prior to 9/11. The glossy and flowing sound of this album is unique and PJ Harvey’s presentation is enticing. One of my favorites

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4

4.5

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4

Another great one here! Fresh and serious lyrics guitar indie rock

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4

Some years ago I tried to listen her early albums, and it was terrible. Now I thought I give it a 2nd chance with this album. It is much better, and Thom Yorke in that two songs is brilliant.

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4

I feel like PJ Harvey exists at a higher level than I'm capable of understanding.

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4

Thom Yorke cameo

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4

Eigentlich eine 4.5

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4

stories from the sky?

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4

Pop music through a glass darkly.

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4

Ahh Pajamas Harvey you've done it again 🍾

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4

I once shagged her in a greenhouse. It was blummin' hot I tell ya.

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4

Pollys best album. this is love is gigantic but there is some draggy songs on it.

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Cool and moody, tough and tremulous, this is gold-standard indie rock of early 21st century, or any era, really. Awfully Big Apple for a non-New York record. “Good Fortune,” “The Mess We’re In” and “You Said Something” are all major tunes. “Horses in My Dreams” is haunting and austere and “We Float” about as hopeful as the uncompromising PJH does. Sounds both very much of its time and timeless.

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This is always the record that I use to introduce people to the wonderful world of PJ Harvey. This is all a bit lighter, rockier and poppier than much of her other work. Although it does a lit less to me than much of her other albums, it is not inferior in quality and always a pleasure to put this on.

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Really enjoyed it. FIrst LP i've listened to. Will do again

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Haven't listened to PJ at all before, knew the name and the big single Down By The Water, so this is completely new territory for me. I'm enjoying the grittiness of this album. The vocals are excellent, and the music has a sinister quality to it that pairs well with the singing and lyrical themes. I like it. I don't know that I'll go out of my way to listen to it on my own, but I like that I have a better sense of this artist now. Also, I love that PJ is looking like Rashida Jones on this album cover. Gorgeous!

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Haven't listened to this for a long time. What an accomplished and accessible album! Classic peej wrapped up in blues pop indie crossover. One to listen to rather than have as background music. Deservedly won awards.

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4

Really good

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Encore une belle rencontre

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Bjork was always my main music crush, but the more I listen to PJ Harvey, the more I'm starting to fall for her.

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4

Oddly beautiful album.

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Alan lämmetä PJ Harveylle.

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Pitäs kuunnela PJ Harveyta enemmän. Joka kerta kun kuuntelen niin se jotenkin tempaa mukaansa. Tykkäsin generaattorin edeltävästä PJ levyst ehkä enemmän, mut onhan tääkin aika hieno! Oon kauheen huono tosin sanottamaan miksi tää on musta hyvää musaa 4/5

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4

Awesome performances; great production; varied songs that kept me interested throughout the whole album. But I'm left wishing for something more. "You Said Something" is my favorite track.

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This is my first repeat artist in this project! I have heard many songs on this album a lot and really enjoyed it. The track with Thom Yorke's inclusion mid way through the album was a big turn off for me, but I did my best to get through it. Not as much fun as the first album of her I had on this list: "Dry." But obviously this is a bit more polished than that. Still great all around.

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4

Don't like when she shrieks, but otherwise some good songs...

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Good alt rock, was not expecting thom yorke

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Had not heard it before but liked it quite a bit

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Reminds me of a time living in London. Good album, not listened to it for a while. Is a bit front-loaded but the front half is really good. According to Discogs, it's one of my most valuable albums although when i went to check the current price, it wasn't there so either I've accidently deleted it or Discogs has somewhere along the line. Almost all my most valuable albums are from the 90s and early 2000s when no one was buying vinyl. I didn't get a dedicated CD player until 2007.

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El 2 mejor album de pj harvey, me encanta Best song: This is love Worst song: Kamikaze Calificacion: 81/100

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Favs on first listen: Good Fortune A Place Called Home Horses In My Dreams We Float

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4

Excellent stuff

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Good album. Also her collabs with Thom Yorke are great.

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Punky.

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Nice album, but I was going in with expectations of the sound to be more eerie. Not a bad album by any means, but it did not blow me away

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Solid

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This is the kind of album where if you like it, you say that the artist displayed her range, whereas if you don't, you say that it's inconsistent. I fall into the latter camp. Some of the songs were pretty good, though I hesitate to call any of them great, and many of them fell flat. I don't really like her affected growl, and there's something about some of the backing instrumentation that didn't age well, but I can't put my finger on what it is. Best track: This is Love

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Good but not my style...again

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Good Fortune - huge Patti vibes, although I guess she hadn't heard of her until people started comparing them. The middle felt like some generic 00s rock songs and honestly by the last two I was checked out.

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Cool, but not anything I haven't hear before

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Not bad, the rock and roll of the times

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Won the mercury prize - must have been an average year

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PJ Harvey es una de esas que incluso he sentido sobrevalorada a veces. No es que me desagrade, incluso tiene un par de cosas que me gustan, pero de pronto a la segunda vuelta ya no le hayo el gusto. De este disco sí me gustaron Big Exit y This Is Love, que creo que además son de sus muy muy famosas, pero la que canta con Thome Yorkee, blaagh.

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Creo que su cambio hacia el pop fue más por estrategia de ventas, era un tiempo en el que tenía que competir contra Natalie Imbruglia, Alanis Morrissette, Sheryl Crow e incluso Shania Twain. Espero en la lista venga alguno de sus anteriores discos. This mess we're in, this is love y Horses in my dreams son muy buenas.

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Este es uno de esos discos que me alegro de haber escuchado, ya que de no ser por este sitio probablemente hubieran pasado desapercibidos para mí. No recuerdo haber escuchado sobre PJ Harvey ni nada de su música, pero es un disco que me impresionó: la calidad de la música, su voz y el uso de métricas inusuales: ¿notaron que "One Line" está en 7/4? Otra cosa interesante es que en esta lista hay otros grupos con vocalistas que tienen timbres de voz similares a Harvey: Siouxsie And The Banshees y los Yeah Yeah Yeahs, y probablemente habrá otros. A pesar de este review mayormente positivo, temo que mi calificación no será tan alta. Prácticamente todo el disco tiene una vibra dark/depresiva al punto que parece a propósito que una de las canciones más oscuras del álbum se llame "Beautiful Feeling". Las dos canciones que guardé del disco fueron "This Mess We're In" y "We Float".

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Not for me

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Dig PJ's sound

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she's got a fantastic voice, but her music in general just kinda leaves me a little cold.

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Good fortune is a great song and certainly evokes a Chrissie Hynde vibe. Album was quite varied with a cool Thom Yorke cameo. Enjoyable but i don't expect to listen to it again.

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i liked this one actually

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Decent background music but nothing stand out.

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Fairly ambivalent about this album. Didn't dislike it, but didn't care either

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meh

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Felt overall like very average indie pop rock. I listened to it three times and never disliked a song, but had trouble connecting with anything.

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Nice indie rock stuff, cool collab with thom yorke thrown in as well

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Haunting and soulful... Thom Yorke guest vocals... miss not listening to this album.

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It was alright. I liked the songs with Thom Yorke and I thought the songwriting was pretty compelling, but her voice was frustrating at a lot of points. Worth another listen at some point but generally just some okay alt-rock.

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3.1 + This one finds PJ Harvey with a sleeker sound, wearing an on-trend early aughts outfit on the cover and with guest appearances by Thom Yorke at his prime. I remember listening to this in 2000 and seeing her perform in Paris. The concert was blander than expected, and listening to this album again I can see why I found that show disappointing. What's all but absent here is the raw power, the angst and anger, the sexual ferocity. The album's look and sound are like a TJ Maxx version of PJ Harvey.

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Not bad, good background music. Pretty chill.

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Pretty boring. I don't usually say this, but the singer's voice started to wear on me a little.

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Sounds a lot like something my dad would listen to. Nothing about this is really gripping me, i don't dislike it and the individual songs are okay though

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Joni Mitchel's album was more varied than I expected, I really got into the atmosphere of her songs and the storytelling and that. I got more out of this than her Blue album. Listening to PJ Harvey while cleaning really helped with the cleaning. It had a lot of energy. Will listen again when I'm running or angry, or both.

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Not a bad listen at all. Good background noise for when I was working. Nothing stood out as amazing but still a good album.

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Pretty eclectic but not really my vibe.

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Pleasantly surprised by PJ Harvey. She gave me a Rashida Jones vibe. I give her album three Quincy's!

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I enjoyed it, but no real standout tracks and I probably wouldn't revisit. 6/10

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Never been a fan of PJ Harvey, but I get the appeal. Was good to be forced to listen to an album of hers and I did like it. But I don’t think it’s converted me into a fan.

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not my usual taste honestly but I did find one song I liked! This Mess We're In ft. Thom Yorke = good

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bleh. not a relisten. fine. 3 stars?

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Ok but nothing that blew me away - enjoyed the alternative listen though

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One of those artists that I've been aware of but never properly listened to. Elements of Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Radiohead etc. Very good. Would give it 3.5

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