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Dry

PJ Harvey

1992

Dry

Album Summary

Dry is the debut studio album by the band PJ Harvey, fronted by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey, released on Too Pure Records on 30 March 1992. The album was recorded at The Icehouse, a local studio in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The first 5000 LPs and first 1000 CDs included demo versions of the album's tracks and Dry was subsequently released in the United States on Indigo Records in the US. Both versions were released in 1992. Dry was reissued on vinyl and cd in July 2020: an 11-track companion album collecting all of the demos titled Dry - Demos was also released on vinyl as a stand-alone record.

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Rating

3.23

Votes

5326

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Sun May 16 2021
5

FINALLY A WOMAN

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

I’m a big PJ Harvey fan but I don’t think I’d listened to this album for a few years years. Still sounds brilliant. There’s a rawness about her voice that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on songs like Sheela-na-gig. It’s hard to judge it on its own, without taking into account the body of work that came after this (and several even better albums) but it’s got to be a solid four plus stars for me.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Angular, raucous, righteous, feminist, and fully-formed straight out of the gate. A great first listen, and one of many to come I think.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

I really love this raw, Emotional exertion. High up there so far in the list.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

This is really good. This album is apparently one of the handful of albums Kurt Cobain said one time he really liked and then music critics fell over themselves to say “I liked it before it was cool!” (see also: Butthole Surfers, Mudhoney, Meat Puppets, etc.) But I really like this sound. Favourite track: “Victory”

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Sun Jul 18 2021
1

Pj and Duncan are better

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

PJ Harvey’s debut album does not sound like a typical debut album. She comes across as confident and in control of her artistic vision. The music is textured and utilizes changes in dynamic very well. The sound is mature and stands out amongst the mountain of alternative music that came out in the early 90s.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Oh man, I am so happy to see this album on the list. I would have expected To Bring You My Love, her breakthrough third album, to be on the list (and it may still be). But for me, her debut album Dry will always be the quintessential PJ Harvey album. It's raw and unpolished, emotional, weird, at times dark and dissonant. She has a unique, uncompromising vision as an artist, and this album showcases that vision in all its glory. 5 stars.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

My first listen to PJ Harvey was a month or two ago - the 2000 album Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. So now I get to jump back 8 years to her debut album. I loved that last album, but had to warm up to it. This time I had no such issue. I was immediately into it. The opening track "Oh My Lover" has that early 90s shamble to it and is followed up with the peppier "O Stella" that I really loved. "Dress" really hits hard. It's a great song that turns a dress into a weapon. 'You purdy thang, my man says, but I bought you beautiful dresses' and 'Filthy tight the dress is filthy'. Wow. Spectacular song. This album puts a spotlight on relationships between men and women and has a raw energy that makes the lyrics all the more compelling. The music is great, the observations pointed and complicated. I like this even more that Songs Of The City... and I loved that album! This stands up to the best of what was going on in music in the early 90s. It's almost a crime that PJ Harvey didn't enter my consciousness then (male-dominated radio management anyone?!), but I'm very very glad this oversight has been corrected. Favorite tracks: O Stell, Dress, Happy and Bleeding, Sheela-Na-Gig, Plants and Rags, Fountain

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

I really enjoyed that I don’t know if it was just me tho but that mixing sucked I listened to it on Apple Music and I could barely hear the songs, so weird but yeah, the songs themselves were pretty cool, and I LOVED the weird time signatures they used I couldn’t pick up all of them, but I’m pretty sure I Hair is 6/4? and Water is a 10/8? I probably got those wrong but I still appreciate the songs nonetheless favorite track was probably Plants and Rags, that whole Velvet-Underground-if-they-were-90’s type shit was just 🤌 yeah, definitely a 10/10, I just wished they made like a 2022 Remaster or something to fix how it sounds still, I enjoyed the hell out of that

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Raw and full of nerve. PJ Harvey has the kind of voice to send prickles up the neck at its full power, defiant and aching.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Joe & a few others songs peeked my interest but overall PJ left me empty on her debut.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

неплохо так то, ее вокал на фоне тяжелой гитарки звучит норм, правда не там где вой начинается, первый трек самый лучший вроде

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Первый трек задаёт балдёжный настрой. И ещё какие-то. На какие именно - хз. Ладно, Sheela-na-gig какая-нибудь. Просто разбирать по трекам не хочется, они душить начинают. От прослушивания тупо устаёшь. Я в начале подумал, что из-за некой комплексности без подготовки возникает подобная реакция. Но нет, прослушал раз 5-7, это действительно во многом душная музыка. Так что был бы рад поставить 4, ибо музла то хорошего завозят, если бы не уставал. Был бы балдёж-нормас - ещё лан, но балдёж-усталь - уже не.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

I know she’s apparently very “authenthic” indie rock and cool etc but musically doesn’t do much for me

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Thu Jan 14 2021
1

"Alternative" as in "i don't like it emo kinda way", cringy

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

The queen of indie and everything cool.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Very good surprise!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Sanfte Stimme, rockig, sehr gut.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Raw and honest. Loved it.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Early mars Volta

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Love this, very raw

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Absolutely loved it. Moved from this particular album to some more of her recent stuff, though.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Lovely lovely PJ, such a good raw album

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

Forgot I had this. Absolutely excellent

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

like sharon van etton

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

LOVED this one wish I could give her six stars

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

This was a delightful find! I really like her raw style. I had to go listen to another one of her albums right away.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Much like when we listened to Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, it took me a few tracks to find my footing with PJ Harvey's Dry, but once I did, I was a goner. I love this album, especially Dress, Victory, Hair, and Plants and Rags and especially-especially Sheela-Na-Gig and Happy and Bleeding. Swoon!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

I LOVE THIS ALBUM

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Apenas perfeito!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

This album is exhilarating and beautiful. The songs drop like boulders from the sky. For a debut album it surely is acut above. At the time I remember thinking "Oh this sounds interesting". 30 years on this record is still startling and it would be easy to say if this was being released right now it would be still as fresh as the day it was pressed.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Really good riot grrl garage rock meets singer songwriter stuff.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Brilliant. Her voice. Those guitars. The drums. Perfect

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Sun May 01 2022
5

I vacilate on whether Dry or Rid of Me is her best album. Great song after great song on both albums. This week Dry is my fave. Next week? Who knows 5 🌟

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Wow, this was so much more enjoyable than let England shake and the other one she did.

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Very good, high tempo rock that puts you in a good mood.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

This was an easy assignment. Can't believe it's thirty years old already. Still a rocking hurricane wind tunnel, with no doubt or hesitation. How Polly came off the blocks this incandescent is still astonishing.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

1992 - Alternative rock; indie rock; blues rock;

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Great album. I really like PJ Harvey as a rock star, because her voice really suits it. I especially love the dress song, that one's badass

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

she's so fucking good

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

Even better than I remembered. Love the odd time signatures, love the live feel, love PJ's vocals. Everything.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

Great PJH album, songs are as strong as ever -perhaps Rid of Me is even better, but this is obviously 5-stars.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Still amazing.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Two PJs in one day! This one was great, grunge with a distinctly British and feminine twist. Absolute legend.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Sequência muito poderosa e envolvente de rock vital. Valeu demais o "esforço" para escutar no YT, já que não está mais no deezer, nem spotify.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Packed with emotion, melancholic, but still interesting and melodic. I will definitely listen to it again.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Love the vibe

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

PJ Harvey, rock trio and PJ Harvey, rock goddess, barreled through the senses with reckless abandon on this epochal debut. Thirty years on and this is still a searing, full on showcase for who would become one of the more chameleonic and captivating musicians of her era. No wonder why she thought this would be her only album and dared to go all out. May I say that the gambit worked pretty damn well.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Are there any award ceremonies that aren't an unloved farce? Will Smith slapping Chris Rock has been the only occasion when anyone has cared about the Oscars in at least 20 years. The most famous Nobel laureate for literature in recent times is Bob Dylan, and he couldn't be bothered to show up to collect it. And music awards are perhaps the most risible. Yes, we all cheered when Jarvis Cocker waved his arse in protest at Michael Jackson impersonating Christ at the Brits, but remember that the organisers thought Michael Jackson impersonating Christ was a good idea. The group that has won the most Grammies? U2, the most milquetoast, most conservative, least interesting, least deserving choice possible. And don't we all know these payola-provided ceremonies are solely to buttress the already eclipse-inducing egos of the tapeworms of the music industry, those who spend their working lives drafting contracts designed to leave the artists owing them money after they made the corporation enough dosh to buy Lithuania? I mention this because PJ Harvey has the apparent honour of being the only act to win the Mercury Prize twice. For those who don't know (nobody cares, as everyone knows), the Mercury Prize is an annual award to choose the best album from Britain and Ireland. In fairness, the Mercury Prize has managed some hits along with the misses: Screamadelica, Dummy, Different Class and the debuts of Suede, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys all seem solid in retrospect, but without looking up, can you name who won with the albums Elegant Slumming, A Little Deeper, Speech Therapy or An Awesome Wave? Indeed, the Mercury curse is the name given to the observed phenomenon that a Mercury Prize has sounded the death knell for plenty an act. Anyone remember the Klaxons? Anyone care? So we can't really infer the quality of PJ Harvey's work by way of her industry accolades. Mind, we can infer the quality of PJ Harvey's work by way of the exceptionally consistent quality of her albums. Yes, I have dithered for a bit, but just saying she's excellent doesn't really boost the word count, does it? Expanding the praise, PJ Harvey has real claim to be the best female singer-songwriter of the 90s. Dry, her debut album, has her kicking down the door, demanding with sheer talent that the world take notice. One can discern influences from blues, folk, punk and post-punk, but PJ Harvey clearly operates in her own genre, follows her own muse. This glorious independence rattles throughout the album, and it's an independence that she has never sacrificed. Anyway, note the year 1992. 1992 was also the year that grunge exploded. Sorry America, it was this album that properly sounded electrifying, punky, uncompromising, honest and raw. Bit more than Ugly Kid Joe, know what I mean?

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Sublime and classic.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Not your typical “rock” and I’m here for it. PJ put you on a roller coaster and you didn’t know what the next turn was. I’m actually obsessed with her voice, it’s so raspy and lays extremely well with the power chords that hit like boulders. The way she takes a strike at gender politics in 1992 is beautiful. There is so much I wanna say about this album but idrk how to put it into words and that’s almost how the entire album is. It makes you feel something but you don’t know what or why you’re feeling this. At the end of the day, it’s PJ Harvey, a legend. 9.2/10, I loved this!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

My favorite part about this project is discovering artists and records like this. PJ Harvey has been a familiar name for a long time now, but I had no idea she sounded LIKE THIS? It's raw and gritty yet still polished, it's quintessentially angsty, and it's all around awesome. It reminded me that no matter how old I get or what I go through in life, I will always be that angsty, emo teenager who loves listening to angry music. It really never just was a phase mom, this is who I really am!!!!

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Great album, one of PJ’s best

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

Really liked this. Raw and full of emotion while being amazingly catchy. An interesting thing I read on PJ Harvey's Wikipedia page was about how Dry was Kurt Cobain's 16th favourite album of all time, I can totally hear some parallels between this and Nirvana. Definitely will revisit this album.

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Fri Nov 20 2020
4

Better as it ages. Nick Cave-esque

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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

Very good. Powerful lyrics, great punk aesthetics, love the basslines.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

PJ harvey does not miss

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

Excellent grunge inspired album that inspired many new female artists. The music matches the title of the album, dry yet heartfelt and well-executed with some great standout tracks like "Joe", the chaotic "Plants and Rags" and the in-your-face lyrics of "Dress". Definitely deserving to be on the 1001 list, mostly for the fact that it is one of the best female "grunge-raw" style albums out there.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
4

very good

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Wed Oct 14 2020
4

Ton of fun. Love the guitar tone so much

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

nice

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Much better than I remembered

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

PJ Harvey is a wonderful human

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

it is, and sounds very much appropriate to, a debut studio album. raw energy, gorgeously creative.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Nice 90s grunge-y vibe! Will need to listen a bit more!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

I like this. in top half of albums listened to so far

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Excellent debut from PJ - better than the last one

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Amazing voice, raspy and rocks out.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

I'm enjoying this more than I expected. I think I'd like to make music like this but very much different keys and more electronix

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Really enjoyed. Dark and brooding stuff

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

I came on PJ Harvey latish by way of Rid of Me and worked back to this, boy I listened to these a lot in the mid 90s. Vocals are a little inconsistent here but the fundamental structure is there.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Some good tunes

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Polly Jean is someone I need to spend a lot more time with. This is good!

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

Powerful, primal, in your face rock. Sheela-Na-Gig is just the most focal point of this amazing album. 4.5.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Dress, Victory

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

This one will need another listen. I like what I heard, but it seems Life it needs to attention to appreciate it fully.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Pretty interesting

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

great female vocals. gritty rock sound.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Very good!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Very enjoyable. Raw and unfocused, but in a good way.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Nice

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Again, nice rocky style. Original, but a bit hard for me in this moment

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Je suis surpris de pas connaître ça !! Du rock des années 90. C’est très bon on dirait un mélange de L7 et sublime. Le violon est bien ajouté et n’a pas l’air wacky. La bass groove grave et vol le show selon moi. Les vocals sont pe le point faible je trouve, on dirait un cover band (mauvais chanteur) puis les textes... m’en criss hahahah

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

I like the raw, bluesy, punk-ish sound. I had “Dress” on high rotation back in the days of Napster, but the rest is new. A great debut album!

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Not really my thing but still pretty good. A solid 7

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

This grew on me a lot as I listened to it. I really liked a few of the songs and even tho it’s not my style I definitely see the appeal. 7.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

90s kinda good moody rock. kind of annoying how dissonant she sings sometimes. but part of the ruggedness I suppose.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

Oh my

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

I have some of PJ's stuff from a few years later but never had this one. It's mighty fine.  Sheela-na-gig is a beauty. The words "wash that man right outta my hair" are lodged in my memory bank for some reason. An old jingle for a TV commercial perhaps or maybe  an old movie. My memory bank is cloudy but the memory is that it was sung in a girly girl way. Not so much this time; in fact  about as far from girly girl as one can get. Is "femme angst" a genre? If it's not, it should be. After all, male angst is a genre. It  goes by the moniker "grunge". 

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

love this onreeeeeeeeee

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Loving it! Definite Pretenders vibes!

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

I liked the bits I listened to

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Raw, aggressive, and sexy. Love it.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Kinda feels like English female Nirvana grunge. But post-punk at times too, also with some country/blues-esque vibes. Really enjoyed this and really wasn't expecting to. 4/5.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Nicht das beste Album von pj Harvey aber immer noch super

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Вообще уважаемо, женская альтернатива 90-х вроде более прилизанно и попсово звучала (e.g. Garbage, Cardigans, ну и всякие там параморы после), тут вот этот перегруженный впизду просто фузз даёт сразу ощущение трушечки определённой. Да и сама ПиДжи интересно завывает время от времени, особенно финальный трек (по традиции) в душу запал. Но пока слушал — пришёл к неприятному для себя выводу. В какой-то момент понял, что некоторыми частями мне это всё напоминало творчество Ким Гордон из Sonic Youth. А проблема-то в чём: если бы мне вот так же попался какой-то сольник Гордон, то я точно так же с аппетитом бы отведал и сказал, мол, норм, за артистизм и трушечку можно высокий балл поставить. Но суть в том, что с творчеством Ким я знаком по SY. И там её унылые профеминистические гимны просто убивают нахуй всё настроение. Я хз, соники — одна из моих любимых групп, но по сравнению с песнями вокалистов-кунов песни вокалиста-тян просто меркнут и при этом калят легендарные альбомы (учитывая, что их обычно чуть ли не большинство). Короче, для себя понял, что по сравнению с лучшими примерами альтухи 90-х (читай «мужской») этот дисочек довольно бледная и замусоленная калька, спасаемая иногда только экстремально имбалансным сведением и редкими достойными припевами. Но будет ли честно оценивать альбом на сравнении, нежели как определённый продукт творчества в вакууме? Вероятно, нечестно. Посему с небольшой грустью ставлю 7.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Really enjoyed this, will be spending my weekend listening to more!

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Liked this. Has the worst opening track ever but otherwise really great.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Surprisingly delightful. I was a bit leary reading the wiki but ended up enjoying her efforts.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

I dig it. Had heard of PJ Harvey but didn’t really know her music. I think I’d revisit/explore more.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Raw, messy, muscular, feminine, vulnerable, angry, seductive, powerful.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

What a really great album. I truly did not expect this style of music form her. She is an artist that I will be playing more often! She rocks!!!!

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Epic album, not her best but a banger. Dress, hair and joe are goated

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Textbook 90s alt pop/rock. Genre isn’t personally my cup of tea, but album is objectively good and I can appreciate that.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Sympatoche

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

If it wasn't all a little too muted, especially when it's too quiet for the quiet parts, it would be 5-star. Female rock vocalists are kind of my thing, and I should have listened to more PJ Harvey back in the day.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Great so far, but will need to listen to it more.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Girl RadioHead. This better than Lady in Satin. I like it. Audio volume is inconsistent between songs.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Really solid 90s alternative rock. Some great production and interesting time signature/rhythm changes.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Really raw, emotional yet mellow rock with hints of blues and grunge and an aftertaste of punk. No wonder Kurt Cobain stated that this is one of his favorite albums; this sounds like a more experimental, maybe even prog-ish Nirvana album. Solid 9/10.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Liked this more than expected. Lots of guitar and cool riffs. Patti Smith energy

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Takes me back to my Dad playing it a lot when I was younger. Personally I prefer "Rid Of Me", "Is This Desire?" and "To Bring You My Love" but that's probably due to having more exposure to those than this one.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Well that was a bit weird and even discordant at times, it must have been very strange in 1992 because it still seemed that way in 2021

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

There is no denying PJ Harvey’s talent, and this might well be her seminal album. I prefer “Stories from the city, stories from the sea” which is a natural progression from her music creation skill present on this album.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Yllättävän positiivinen kokemus. Olettamukseni PJ Harveysta oli jonkinlaista taiderockia. Hieman tyyliin Tori Amos mutta oudommin. Taisin sekoittaa Kate Bushiin tms. Tämä olikin oikein sujuvan angstista rockjytäilyä. Happy and Bleedingista tuli vahvat Alanis Morrissette-vibat. Joka on siis positiivinen asia. Tasaisen vahva levy, jonka arvosana 3,5 pyöristyy ylöspäin.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

No stand out tunes but overall a great album 3.9

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Rockin' and artsy and excellent.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Dry is the debut studio album by the band PJ Harvey, fronted by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey, released on Too Pure Records on 30 March 1992.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Grunge rock that's stripped back to a point where it's got a folk-y bluesy sense to it. Great voice as well as great tunes

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

I'm not sure what kind of rock this is, but I like it.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

I mistook a lower ceiling and floor for less dynamic range than Rid of Me. Harvey's voice is reminiscent of Björk's at times, though it's no copy and the music underneath certainly is not. I adore the low instrumentation, especially when the low strings come in loud. The moments of self-loathing are the most painful ones, but more than anything the music pushes the listener on and on. It's a twisting journey along a less-than-smooth curve. I feel goodness, but not something that can be grasped all the way around. Perhaps that's one of the points.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Angry, gritty, full of emotion. Hadn't listened in a long time, but this is still a great album.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

This was really good. Musically solid, with creative, sometimes dissonant use of strings, which I always appreciate. Harvey's got a fantastic vocal style, with shades of Patti Smith. She can switch it up from blistering and raw to incredibly lovely with ease. Her lyrics are beautiful, raw, deeply poetic. The comparison to Smith seems apt again here. My one small critique would be that she does the quiet-loud thing a bit overly much, to the point where I'm having to adjust the volume constantly so I'm not blasting myself out of my AirPods. It's a great effect, when used more sparingly. Fave Songs: Dress, O Stella, Plants and Rags, Water

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Its a fantastic album, crammed full of the energy and innovative novelty of a debut of an artist who will go on to greatness. I think the comparisons that others have made to Patti Smith's album "Horses" are apt in a lot of ways. The song "Dress" perfectly exemplifies the simultaneously approachable and yet rough nature of the album. The song is compelled forward by the persistent beat, and everything feels like it is charging and driving forward to an unheard point of explosion. Another track with a similar energy, which I loved is "Joe". But there are other faces to the album such as the somewhat swanky "Hair" or "Plants And Rags", which starts out as a girl and a guitar and slowly grows into an ensembled piece of at least 4 different stringed instruments that roll around eachother in near dissonance. It was super fun to listen to, and I'm stoked to hear another phenominal female artist on this list.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Made me a bit angry listening to this on my way to a bbq. Love her energy, and she has so much to say.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I thought this was really cool, and it had a sound that I couldn't quite place. Powerhouse vocals.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

A great angry statement of a debut.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Enjoyed a lot of the driving bass and percussions.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Another PJ Harvey album? What a treat. Not sure I prefer this album to Stories From The City. So 4/5.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

I originally listened to Dry when I was 18 but, I dunno, I didn't really like it. (Rid of Me was dope, though.) But now I absolutely get it. It's that raw rock, the sneers and licks. And maybe the greatest rock lyric, "Put money in your idle hole", with the deep dip on the hole as a good hole should be.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Love a bit of PJ but there seems to be a few of her LP's in this list. I know she is a "Musicians Musician" and I admire her work but.... This is a good album with some nice tracks. "Sheela Na Gig" my favourite here.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Great. I never listened to PJ Harvey back in the day. Wish I had now, this was really good.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Having listened to a PJ Harvey album earlier in the project, I had some idea of what to expect. I enjoyed rockin’ to this one. Not every track was a home run for me, but as an album I thought it flowed very nicely.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

This is my second PJ Harvey album, having heard "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea" recently. This earlier album definitely sounded more "raw" and I wasn't very fond of it first time through. Songs that did first grab my attention were "Dress" and "Sheela-Na-Gig." Spending more time with this, I found it even more engaging than the "Stories" album, as each song in turn revealed something striking.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

I think i owned this - good grungey bluesey stuff

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

I'm beginning to realize that I enjoy 90s female indie rock quite a bit in between this and fiona apple. The guitars are really good on this album

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

A solid debut from one of the best songwriters of the last 30 years. Hoping there's a lot more from her as we go through the list

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Ooooo I liked this, gave me Alanis Morissette vibes. Lots of energy, will def come back to this one.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Great album, PJ is relatively new to me but it's a good album.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

more ferocious than i remember. Almost there to Rid of Me. Great repurposing of the blues.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Amazing. One of the coolest albums of the 90s. Love the minimalistic sound. My favorite of hers. 8/10

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Great debut, god bless pjh.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Wrong opener.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Surprisingly musical for the grungy style. It might grow on me if I listen a few more times.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

The true indie queen.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

A damn incredible debut

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

4.25

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

прикольный рок для женщин, песня про платье - во!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Gritty, impassioned and powerful, but more straightforward than Stories and Let England Shake, and thus less sharp and dramatic. “Happy and Bleeding” and “Sheela-Na-Gig” and “Dress” are best moments (and very good indeed). One digs quite a few hooks (bassline on “Victory”) and like the rough edges (as at the end of “Dress.”) This is a solid 4, even without grading on the curve for the debut. Still, I feel compelled to question the presence of four PJH records in this list. (This one or Rid of Me would be the one to go, probably.) Artistic growth was going to come, but they never were going to be Radiohead.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

An amazing debut album that introduced us to the incredible PJ Harvey. Her longevity in music has proven this record was no fluke. A raw, rocking album! I haven't heard the demo version of the album yet, but I will for sure now!

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

I think I gave this a single listen back in the day and did not like it at all... My sonic palette has broadened considerably since the only-metal days, and now I can quite get into it, albeit it took a couple of listens. This album is where singer-songwriteriness and noise rock collide, and it's rewarding, even if it isn't inviting. Fave track - "Sheela-na-Gig", I reckon!

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

I much prefer this to "Songs from The City...". More raw and impassioned. I feel like it's an album I'd have to live with for longer than a day to really enjoy, but I played it through three times and enjoyed it.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

What a debut. She doesn't mind spilling her heart all over the stage. She arrived fully formed and just got better. Just when it was getting a bit same-ish, the last four songs just blew me out of the water.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Meilleur que Rid of Me Prefs: Oh My Lover, O Stella, Dress, Happy and Bleeding, Joe, Plants and Rags Moins pref: Fountain

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Bit of a darker sounding album, lots of intense songs. Really liked it.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Pretty rad, Sheela-Na-Gig is a banger

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Bought this on release with the demo vinyl. Loved it then. Still do, but not as much.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Gotta love PJ Harvey.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Love the grungy feel, surprised I had never heard of her before!

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Mon May 30 2022
4

I had a bunch of notes but they’re gone. Basically I’m feeling a 4.5

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Var på tide at eg hørte litt på pj harvey, har tenkt lenge at eg skulle testa da ut. Syns egentlig da va ganske bra, men eg e jo ein 90tallsdritt som du pleie å dei

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

This was excellent. A little suprised as I've listened to PJ Harvey before and never been that fussed but this was very sparse and arresting. "Water" is right up my street...

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Sat Jul 02 2022
4

Nice, spikey stuff, with some lovely sounding bass. Has aged well and sounds pretty timeless.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Not my favourite PJ album, but still great.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

pañuelo verde a full

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Postoji li prigodniji naslov za ovaj album

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Right before the swell of bright britpop that would be the UK's conscious reaction to America's dingy grunge, England's PJ Harvey had accepted the raw and noisy textures associated with grunge for her debut album. This style of alternative rock would be a hit for Harvey, working well with her prose that invites listeners into scenes from tired relationships. Truth be told, I have a soft spot for cool 90's alt rock like this. Sonic Youth, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. All of it cool. Even if I don't love it, I still hold it in high regard for some reason.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

La voix de la chanteuse est très rock and roll et ca sonne super bien avec la musique Grunge/rock. C'est très de l'époque et ca s'écoute suprenament très bien. 4

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

A amazing feminine album

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Aggressive, Fuzzed out alt-rock of the highest order. Dry could be released today and still sound fresh. Great record.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

A lot of overlapping qualities shared with the Riot Grrrl movement and big of the time bands like Nirvana. This album rips, killer debut effort.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

4.5

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Very chill, experimental, melodic and emotional. Will listen to it again

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Tres cool

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

PJ i love you. even though it is not as good as the stories album from 2000 i appreciate this one a lot.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

A compelling collection of grooves, driving distorted rhythm, and poetry given passionate life. Awesome album!

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

PJ Harvey is a treasure.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Very enjoyable. Classic PJ Harvey.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

09/19/2022 Retrospective listen. Tried for several days to get to this one. I would’ve loved the shit out of this if I was alive when it came out. This album rocks hard

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Good I liked it a lot, reminded me of Euterpe

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Good album, love some PJ Harvey, nice to hear the album that has O Stella. Definitely good lyrics, good riffs. PJ’s singing can be hard to appreciate at times, but I liked the album overall

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Polly Jean in full-on rock goddess mode.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

App deleted my review. Here's what I remember writing. Any excuse to stick a bit of Peej on. Really solid debut with some proper bangers on it. She goes from strength to strength and she's one of those artists who whatever she does you know it will be interesting. You exhibitionist!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Pretty good

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Dark and gritty post-punk that serves as a perfect companion to the grunge era. Instruments have a lively and atmospheric feel to them, incredibly spacious and synergetic, giving an abrasive undertone to the underlying melody. This is supported by Harvey's eery vocals buried beneath the distortion, as well as the dirty and screechy sound of many of the instruments (e.g. the cymbals and classical strings). Second half is weaker but still full of great ideas. Favorites: Oh My Lover, Dress, Victory, Sheela-Na-Gig, Joe, Plants & Rags

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Yeah really good. Like this music.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

A great album but short of her fabulous best

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

I liked the vibes of some of the songs. I would probably listen again

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Love PJ Harvey. Solid album.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

i liked it!

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Good

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Fri Sep 11 2020
3

Variable, there were things i liked and things that grated.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

2/15 3.5/5. Some good punk. Standout Tracks: Sheela-Na-Gig, Hair, Joe

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Wed Nov 18 2020
3

I kind of liked it, but overall I'd have to give it another listen 3.5

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Thu Dec 31 2020
3

Definitely more straightforward rock and roll compared to their later releases. I like their experimentation later on a bit more but this album isn’t bad either

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

supposedly the lyrics are really good but the music is so intense it hard to actually listen to them

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Muito bom

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

Not a huge fan. Little bit too alt/punky for my taste.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
3

Probably revolutionary in 1992

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