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.Wikipedia
FINALLY A WOMAN
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.
Angular, raucous, righteous, feminist, and fully-formed straight out of the gate. A great first listen, and one of many to come I think.
Pj and Duncan are better
I really love this raw, Emotional exertion. High up there so far in the list.
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”
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.
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.
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
Joe & a few others songs peeked my interest but overall PJ left me empty on her debut.
неплохо так то, ее вокал на фоне тяжелой гитарки звучит норм, правда не там где вой начинается, первый трек самый лучший вроде
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.
The queen of indie and everything cool.
Very good surprise!
Sanfte Stimme, rockig, sehr gut.
Raw and honest. Loved it.
Early mars Volta
Love this, very raw
Absolutely loved it. Moved from this particular album to some more of her recent stuff, though.
Lovely lovely PJ, such a good raw album
Forgot I had this. Absolutely excellent
like sharon van etton
LOVED this one wish I could give her six stars
This was a delightful find! I really like her raw style. I had to go listen to another one of her albums right away.
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!
I LOVE THIS ALBUM
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.
Really good riot grrl garage rock meets singer songwriter stuff.
Brilliant. Her voice. Those guitars. The drums. Perfect
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 🌟
Wow, this was so much more enjoyable than let England shake and the other one she did.
Very good, high tempo rock that puts you in a good mood.
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.
1992 - Alternative rock; indie rock; blues rock;
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
she's so fucking good
Even better than I remembered. Love the odd time signatures, love the live feel, love PJ's vocals. Everything.
Great PJH album, songs are as strong as ever -perhaps Rid of Me is even better, but this is obviously 5-stars.
Two PJs in one day! This one was great, grunge with a distinctly British and feminine twist. Absolute legend.
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.
Better as it ages. Nick Cave-esque
Very good. Powerful lyrics, great punk aesthetics, love the basslines.
PJ harvey does not miss
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.
Ton of fun. Love the guitar tone so much
Much better than I remembered
PJ Harvey is a wonderful human
it is, and sounds very much appropriate to, a debut studio album. raw energy, gorgeously creative.
Nice 90s grunge-y vibe! Will need to listen a bit more!
I like this. in top half of albums listened to so far
Excellent debut from PJ - better than the last one
Amazing voice, raspy and rocks out.
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
Really enjoyed. Dark and brooding stuff
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.
Some good tunes
Polly Jean is someone I need to spend a lot more time with. This is good!
Powerful, primal, in your face rock. Sheela-Na-Gig is just the most focal point of this amazing album. 4.5.
This one will need another listen. I like what I heard, but it seems Life it needs to attention to appreciate it fully.
great female vocals. gritty rock sound.
Very enjoyable. Raw and unfocused, but in a good way.
Again, nice rocky style. Original, but a bit hard for me in this moment
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
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!
Not really my thing but still pretty good. A solid 7
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.
90s kinda good moody rock. kind of annoying how dissonant she sings sometimes. but part of the ruggedness I suppose.
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".
love this onreeeeeeeeee
Loving it! Definite Pretenders vibes!
I liked the bits I listened to
Raw, aggressive, and sexy. Love it.
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.
Nicht das beste Album von pj Harvey aber immer noch super
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.
Really enjoyed this, will be spending my weekend listening to more!
Liked this. Has the worst opening track ever but otherwise really great.
Surprisingly delightful. I was a bit leary reading the wiki but ended up enjoying her efforts.
I dig it. Had heard of PJ Harvey but didn’t really know her music. I think I’d revisit/explore more.
Raw, messy, muscular, feminine, vulnerable, angry, seductive, powerful.
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!!!!
Epic album, not her best but a banger. Dress, hair and joe are goated
Textbook 90s alt pop/rock. Genre isn’t personally my cup of tea, but album is objectively good and I can appreciate that.
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.
Great so far, but will need to listen to it more.
Girl RadioHead. This better than Lady in Satin. I like it. Audio volume is inconsistent between songs.
Really solid 90s alternative rock. Some great production and interesting time signature/rhythm changes.
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.
Liked this more than expected. Lots of guitar and cool riffs. Patti Smith energy
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.
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
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.
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.
No stand out tunes but overall a great album 3.9
Rockin' and artsy and excellent.
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.
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
I'm not sure what kind of rock this is, but I like it.
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.
Angry, gritty, full of emotion. Hadn't listened in a long time, but this is still a great album.
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
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.
Made me a bit angry listening to this on my way to a bbq. Love her energy, and she has so much to say.
I thought this was really cool, and it had a sound that I couldn't quite place. Powerhouse vocals.
A great angry statement of a debut.
Enjoyed a lot of the driving bass and percussions.
Another PJ Harvey album? What a treat. Not sure I prefer this album to Stories From The City. So 4/5.
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.
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.
Great. I never listened to PJ Harvey back in the day. Wish I had now, this was really good.
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.
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.
I think i owned this - good grungey bluesey stuff
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
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
Ooooo I liked this, gave me Alanis Morissette vibes. Lots of energy, will def come back to this one.
Great album, PJ is relatively new to me but it's a good album.
more ferocious than i remember. Almost there to Rid of Me. Great repurposing of the blues.
Amazing. One of the coolest albums of the 90s. Love the minimalistic sound. My favorite of hers. 8/10
Great debut, god bless pjh.
Surprisingly musical for the grungy style. It might grow on me if I listen a few more times.
The true indie queen.
A damn incredible debut
прикольный рок для женщин, песня про платье - во!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Meilleur que Rid of Me Prefs: Oh My Lover, O Stella, Dress, Happy and Bleeding, Joe, Plants and Rags Moins pref: Fountain
Bit of a darker sounding album, lots of intense songs. Really liked it.
Pretty rad, Sheela-Na-Gig is a banger
Bought this on release with the demo vinyl. Loved it then. Still do, but not as much.
Gotta love PJ Harvey.
Love the grungy feel, surprised I had never heard of her before!
I had a bunch of notes but they’re gone. Basically I’m feeling a 4.5
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
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...
Nice, spikey stuff, with some lovely sounding bass. Has aged well and sounds pretty timeless.
Not my favourite PJ album, but still great.
pañuelo verde a full
Postoji li prigodniji naslov za ovaj album
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.
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
A amazing feminine album
Aggressive, Fuzzed out alt-rock of the highest order. Dry could be released today and still sound fresh. Great record.
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.
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.
Variable, there were things i liked and things that grated.
2/15 3.5/5. Some good punk. Standout Tracks: Sheela-Na-Gig, Hair, Joe
I kind of liked it, but overall I'd have to give it another listen 3.5
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
supposedly the lyrics are really good but the music is so intense it hard to actually listen to them
Not a huge fan. Little bit too alt/punky for my taste.
Probably revolutionary in 1992
I quite liked this. It had some really good sounding guitar and was more melodic than the previous one.
certainly a lot of talent here and strong first album... just not really my vibe and struggled to get into it.
3.5 very good, some absolute belter but knocked off .5 for some songs that were just her whining
Interesting album. I dig it. Never heard of this artist before, went in completely blind, ended up pleasantly surprised. I like the alternative rock feel with a female frontwoman.
It's like female-led Nirvana. Cool. Ish.
Found it a bit raw and dark for my taste
Some solid tracks on this one. Pleasantly surprised.
Decent album. I enjoy PJ Harvey style as it kind of reminds me of a mix between Radiohead and Nirvana
Much better than the last one! I enjoyed the punky rock upbeat, and not to weird
J'ai bien aimé son cd. Je trouvais les chansons différentes d'une à l'autre et c'était très agréable. Mon hit: Sheela-Na-Gig
Rock indie. Interesante .
The front half had potential, it just fell apart after that though
Honestly thought this was going to wind up being some average grungy album, but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought. There were some good tracks on here, and even though I don’t plan on coming back to it, it was a pleasant surprise. Would love to give it something higher than a 3, but it’s not quite a 4 for me Favorite track(s): “Victory,” “Hair,” and “Plants and Rags”
Decent - would probably benefit from further listens
Gross album cover and middling alt-rock. At least it's slightly better than the other PJ Harvey in my opinion... 6
Singles from Dry "Dress" Released: December 1991 "Sheela-Na-Gig" Released: February 1992
Nunca la había escuchado. Mucho rock! Voy a escuchar más trabajos.
Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a grrrrl! This album gives voice to a young, angsty PJ Harvey, creating a playground for grungy guitars, howling vocals, and urgent drums. Hadn't listened to this album in full since I can't remember when - always gravitate to its strongest tracks, "Plants And Rags" and "Dress", which are exceptional and have been on heavy rotation since 2000. Harvey draws from some of the best grunge elements of the era, tempering chaos, raw emotion, with grounded songwriting. This is a terrific preview for "Rid of Me" and "To Bring You My Love", which both expand and mature her sound.
Promising. She gets better
Compulsively put on chap stick every time I saw the album art. Accidentally listened on shuffle. Was okay, but not very memorable. 5?
Not listened to it for 10 years but still sounds good and raw
De los álbumes más difíciles de una artista extraordinaria. Crudo y directo, sin adornos. Si fuera de un cantante cualquiera, daría a este disco 2 estrellas; pero hablamos de una de las mejores artistas de toda la historia musical, y también de un disco revolucionario; el principio de una carrera prolífica.
better from PJ.
Had some raw punk-y vibes, but not something I'd actively go back to listen to.
La bonne PJ, j’adore en corrigeant. Manque juste la petite cigarette
I do like a bit of Peej but this isn't one of my favourite albums of hers.
Polly Jane rocking out. She's great. BT: Dress, Sheela Na Gig, Hair
Not bad so far but I just feel like I'm trapped in the 90s. Which obviously sounded fresh at the time. But I'm finding a lot of these albums sound very stuck in their time. Which is probably self fulfilling: these eras sound this way because these defining albums came about. But I have trouble listening to something that, to my fresh ears, sounds almost like parody of an era's style. Welp... TIL about Sheela Na Gig. Interesting. "Joe" has a cool intro. Funkier than I expected. The album itself feels a bit thin though. Like it's EQ'd/mastered weird. But it could also just be my headphones/laptop. I'm using bluetooth from my laptop which isn't my norm so I don't want to judge it on that. Yea... I guess a 3? It wasn't bad. And I see how it probably sounded great in the 90s. Especially for women. But it doesn't do much of anything special for me in 2021. Again, with decimals, I'd maybe give it a bit higher. But I don't even know about a 3.5. Maybe slightly below that.
moody, probably badass
Has alot of musicalities that I like but I couldn't connect with it unlike Polly's other albums.
Sounds like an English Alanis morrisette mixed with Nirvana. Not really my bag upon first listen but can understand the appeal.
better than her other one, but still not my thing
energetic instrumentals, sweet voice, very 90s distortion
euh jsp bof ok
All three of the albums so far have felt very repetitive to me. I like this one a lot though.
I'm literally not cool or patient enough to listen to this. I wish that oh my lover was faster with some slower lines to emphasise them instead of relying on the instruments etc. Something I would have liked a few years ago but it's kinda meh now. O Stella is what Oh My Lover should be like. Joe is pretty cool, makes me think of a surfing montage for some reason though... Love plants and rags. Overall, reminds me of the show misfits
listened to 1 song its fine
Actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Listened 3 times. Fav tracks would probably be Oh My Lover, Plants and Rags, maybe also Sheela- na- gig.
Good, not great.
Better than I was exoecting
Good. I knocked off a .1 point for album cover. 3.4
This is a tough album for me to rate. PJ Harvey is an artist that I have tons of respect for, but I never want to listen to her music. I recognize it as good, but it just doesn't speak to me personally. It almost certainly is in the upper 50% of albums on this list, though.
First track is like a female Cure. I'm digging it! This thing moves along nicely. Tight little moody, alt-rock album. PJ Harvey is like an edgier Alanis Morrissette. It's a very complete album. Lots of feminine power in here. There is also a jazz component to her music, especially with Plants and Rags. At the end, there does feel like a thread runs through this album, but I'm not quite sure what it is. There are sevearl songs named after people, song titles are all very simple and short, some instrumentation is similar between tracks, but maybe it's more to create mood. It does get a little redundant, as many moody albums do, and while not totally memorable, it was a bit of a surprising album, and I have a better idea of who PJ Harvey is now.
It was very much of its time. PJ Harvey has a great rock voice.
iskreno nisam očekivao da će mi se dopast album, i drago mi je jako da sam ga poslušao. Ali taj streak, Victory - Sheela-na-gig - Hair je jeben, i ostale pjesme naravno. Preporuka za ulazak u njenu diskografiju da se zna s čim će se susretati.
I dig her lilt and her anger but could have used less of the former and more of the latter. It felt like watching a fuse burn down without ever getting the expected explosion. That being said, this album hits some pretty cool chords, I just wish it unleashed a little more.
just could not get into it and I dont know why
Indierock, råt, rimelig langsomt, poetisk
udmærket, rid of me albummet er bedre
Smukt og rodet. Fabelagtigt sonisk univers. Råt og usødet.
Good, but not her best
Better than the last album of hers we listened to for sure.
Good guitars and beats - harbingers of better music to come from PJ. Cool grungy 90s music, but no great hooks or riffs to bring me back for a second listen.
Очень специфичный голос, моим ушам не подходит
The artist is definitely growing on me, I wasn't so sure last time I listened to one of her albums. I do enjoy the kinda grungy sound and vocals, and 'dress' is a great song. Almost a 4
Lady British Grunge. This is one of those bands where the frontwoman's poetic voice and presence is what makes the band what they are, but their actual voice holds them back. Some great power chords, though. Best track: Dress
I liked this album more than I thought I would. Back in the mid 90s, I listened to an album of PJ Harvey's (not sure which) because there were bands that I liked that liked Harvey's music. I even had a chance to see her perform on Letterman. I didn't like what I heard. I was suprised that this album was okay.
Will listen to more, great debut.
Gahh, can't even finish this album the first time through it. The voice is too quiet relative to the music, requires concentrating too much and hard to hear what she's saying. If you don't know what she's saying the backing music isn't enough to carry the song/album on it's own. 2nd attempt with Spotify Lyrics. Sheela-Na-gig : better once I understand what she's saying. Dress: same. Much better now that I know what she's saying. Still, not going to be my favorite album. I'll put a few songs in my favorites at least.
Not a bad album but personally just a bit too unorthodox and weird
I am surprised she has so many albums on this list. A great talent with a strong vocal proficiency and control. I just can’t really get into any of the songs. She aims to be alternative in a very desperate sounding way.
Loved it when it came out
You must listen to this album before you die, otherwise you will die believing that Anna Calvi and Amanda Palmer were the ultimate women in rock. (6/10) FT: Dress, Sheela-Na-Gig
Nothing really stands out for me in this album but I am excited to listen to her subsequent works
Third PJ Harvey album on here and this is my favourite
pretty good, unexpected suprise.
Very cool stuff going on here. Unexpectedly, it brought to mind some of the Beat and Beat-influenced spoken-word (or semi-spoken/semi-sung) works in the 50s and early 60s. And there's also the obvious grit and raw distorted sound they use, kind of indie and punk elements. I think 'Plants And Rags' sounds particularly interesting to me. I'm not skilled enough in music to tell anyone what's going on there, other than broad observations like dissonance, but maybe there's some diminished and tritone stuff in there? Jarring, and no doubt quite intentionally. Even though the general sound and approach started to feel a little repetitive to me by the end of it, I like this album.
I was not familiar with the band PJ Harvey, let alone the album, but I'm a sucker for 90s grunge women, as they typically come with sultry, gritty, smoky vocals. In that regard, this album did not disappoint. Each track is its own emotional rant wrapped in edgy guitar, raw lyrics, and powerful vocal roars. While a lot of grunge is influenced by blues, I found the bluesy tribute particularly prominent in this album. I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of tracks that even feature "cello rock", which is typically a fairly niche indie subgenre. This is another album for me where I felt like the entire album on its own was more significant than individual tracks. Overall, a fun discovery and listen for me.
I was not familiar with PJ Harvey work. I had mixed feelings on this album. I liked Happy and Bleeding the most. I would definitely give this album another listen as well as some more of her catalog.
Water only song available on Spotify
PJ Harvey is a good singer but her music is not the kind that I listen to...
This is all right, but it ain't gettin' in the way of my Elton John!
VIC. TOR. Y.
The odd songs are better than the even songs until song 6. Never quite gets her hooks into me, I enjoyed Plants and Rags.
Not bad, enjoyed it. Cool. I like PJ more than most alternative rock I know of. Some songs/chord progressions felt very Nirvana-esque (a term that doesn't mean much during the age of grunge, because everything sounded like that). Plants and rags was nice, a more unique track on the album I think I liked this more than the other PJ Harvey album I had a few months ago.
Enjoyed this a lot, alt rock with some neat twists, this shit was dry! But I mean that in a good way! 3.5/5
I thought it might be a bit of a difficult 2 star listen at first, but it quickly got into its stride. Then I just got more and more into it, with that 90s rock sound that I think holds up well, and Polly's voice really hitting the mark with me. If it had a couple more real bangers I'd be tempted to give this 4, but overall it's just a pretty good album that has me keen to listen to more Peej.
"Dry" is about right. A bit scratchy too, perhaps. Good but I tend to admire it from a distance rather than really like it as such; I think better things lay ahead of her.
This is a hard one to review - its powerful and lyrically great. Bit I wasn't as keen as I could be. All the music felt a bit sludgy.
It's the second PJ Harvey album that I got on this list. Until now, I'm still not in the hype, but it's a nice album, nothing so much special about it.
I love PJ Harvey - though perhaps her other albums more than this which I hadn't listened to before
One of those albums that I've always wanted to love, but never really given it close attention. There was so much competition in the early 90's when it came to spending your weekly music allowance. Polly Harvey somehow slipped through the cracks. I think it was because she didn't fit into the early 90's scene as Britpop was starting to bubble. Thirty years later and the post rock sound really appeals to me. Sheela-na-gig is an absolute romp of a song.
2.5/5. Not the worst alt rock I;ve heard, but definetly not ejoyable.
I think my friend Leah would call this “angry woman music”: high marks from her. Pretty good stuff, I like the edge but I prefer the rawness of Veruca Salt and Bikini Kill a little more.
Plusieurs sujets sont à aborder dans cette critique. D'abord, l'album en lui-même. Il est assez particulier dans la mesure où PJ ne va cesser de tordre ses lèvres dans tous les sens sans que l'on en comprenne bien la raison. La piste Plants and Rags mérite ensuite que l'on s'y attarde. On peut entendre vers la fin les fameux portails rouillés que Jim Morrisson avait utilisés pour ruiner l'album de Nico (cf album de Nico). PJ Harvey les a en effet remportés lors d'une vente aux enchères après avoir été à la lutte avec un brave fermier pendant plus d'une heure. « Mais tu vas me laisser ces putains de portails, oui ou merde ?! » lui lançait-il à chaque fois que PJ surenchérissait avant de finalement abandonner le lot. Enfin, parmi nos lecteurs outre-atlantique, beaucoup n'ont pas saisi toutes les nuances de l'expression "bourre-pif" employée par eltrapeze à plusieurs reprises. Il s'agit en fait simplement d'une autre façon de dire nasarde ou encore chiquenaude à direction nasale, rien de sorcier en somme.
first listen i liked the bass tone
p702. 1992. 3 stars The source of skinny white chick rock. Well done of its kind, but a lot of the songs tend to blur into one another after a while.
Was excited to heat some more of her music. This album was pretty middle of the road for me. It wasn't bad, but it didn't super stand out,
I like her collaborations on other people's albums but not sure on the variety on her own. I gave the last one a bad review (rid of me). Very gutsy and raw with a lot of vocal repetitions (deliberate for affect). I'm liking the guitar/bass/drums better on this one though- kinda grungey.
Was alright. Not a genre I’d normally listen to, some bearable tracks but all took a while to get into, some I scanned through. If you like a bit of whingy grunge rock full of hate and loathing then you might like this.
DRESS SHEELA-NA-GIG JOE
A l'època post 'Nevermind', el rock alternatiu va començar a agafar cada vegada més embrenzida. PJ Harvey va ser un dels primers icons de la decada. La seva discografia posterior ha amagat les virtuts del seu primer disc, però aquí ja presentava tot el que vindria: cançons colpidores i descarnades, lletres i melodies molt característiques i molta personalitat. 'Dress' és un dels hits més interessants de començaments dels 90
Really solid album. I feel like I’d like it the more I listen to. Victory was a stand out track. Wish I could give this 3.5 stars.
I'm a PJ Harvey fan, but I had never listened to this album from front to back until now. Love the raw emotional sound of this album. Her voice brings me back to my teen years, when MTV still played music, and hearing Björk, Fiona Apple and Tori Amos - groundbreaking female alt artists. Enjoyed this, and when taking into account her other work, she's a legend. Fav track: Sheela-Na-Gig
Its Polly's best but once again, more terrible poetry
She gets much better later, but this is a strong debut.
Nice music and good songs
This album is pure 90's.
Not for me
1992. Key Songs: Sheila-na-gig, Dress
not a fan
There's something about PJ Harvey's early work that I just....can't get into
Like a female Cobain.
Wasn't thrilled with this one. Some Ok songs some annoying ones. Nothing too great.
Meh... and a couple songs were just bad. I think I only liked 1
Nothing stands out, bg music at best.
A little too punk for my taste
I didn't love it
Didn’t like it
Not so good audio quality
not one I've heard. Only really know her from 90's radio. Not bad, but nothing that really makes me want to relisten
No es mi gusto
I really hated the first song, but it got better.
I have tried to like PH Harvey before. It is ok at best.
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Dress, Sheela-Na-Gig Cutting Edge: O Stella, Happy and Bleeding Overall Notes: Less abrasive and angry compared to the other one we listened to. Liked more songs, but didn't really nail an emotion like the other album so will probably be returning to this one less.
Another artist I'd heard of but never listened to. A decent listen but won't be revisiting.
Pretty middle of the road, her voice grated after a while too. Best track: Dress
While camping and half listening to half this album I thought liked it. Wrong. The best I can say is that this album is not offensive or I could say meh. I couldn’t wait for it to be over.
Seemed like it was gonna be good and then just... disappointment
Singer-songwriter -settiä vahvan naisen tyylillä. Yllättävän raskasta sointia ja laulu vähän epämiellyttävää huutamista. Tykkään enemmän leppoisammista naislaulajista, ei jaksa kuunnella huutoa!
Boring ass alt-rock.
2/5 sighs, nope!
That was just noise.
BOY WAS THIS NOT FOR ME. I don't know if purists or fans of the genre would consider this early 90s grunge, but I do, and I hate early 90s grunge. There was one song (second from the last I believe) that was alright, but not alright enough that I'd ever choose to put it on again.
I'll just copy my review from the previous PJ Harvey album we got. The only difference is that I've heard of her before now (from this list) and that this album seems a little less radio-friendly: I don't think I've heard of her before and don't understand why this album has any significance. I don't think it's bad and it does have pleasant moments, but it just doesn't really seem interesting or innovative to me in any way. Sounds like radio-friendly background music to me. 2.5 rounded down.
Eh, not my thing. Not terrible, just not feeling it.
Rock van niet zo hoge kwaliteit als je t mij vraagt
AlreaDY rated, would not seek out, middle of the road
Wasn't really into it.
The 2nd PJ Harvey Album and again not my thing. Though the music is overall Not bad, i just can't stand her voice.
Lekker vaag bandje. Jammer dat er weinig snelheid in zit, anders had het me wel meer kunnen bekoren. Ook de samenzang is niet altijd mooi samen. **
5/10 - it was ok...
There are some albums where you can tell something good is happening but they just don't appeal to you. This is one of them.
Definitely enjoyed this album a lot more than Rid Of Me but it’s still not brilliant
Ok I had no idea who PJ Harvey is. Kind of a big deal?? Very experimental album dated 1992 and you can hear the grunge-y vibes without it really being grunge. I'm happy I learned about the band/artist and liked a couple songs.
instruments are great; singing sub par. not a bad album
First Listen. Like to hear this again. 2/5
Another artist that I've definitely heard of, but never really listened to. And, uh... if the rest of her stuff sounds like this? I probably never will. Her voice is just very abrasive to me. I do not enjoy it. It warbles between being barely tolerable to sounding like nails on chalkboard. Is it because I'm getting older? Am I becoming what I hated? The actual music is pretty decent though.
Ripetitive and boring
Not for me.
Dry by name, dry by nature. Felt like the sort of thing that I should have liked more than I did, it sounds like things I like a lot more except that it's missing something. Sheela-na-gig was excellent though.
Just not my thing, even though it should be from a lot of my listening habits. Some decent moments (like Joe) but nothing that's really grabbed me and made me pay attention.
Just not a fan
On a par with a teen basement band.
Pretty good, less poppy than I thought it would be.
An angry female with a guitar who knows three chords ……….. Although Good Fortune is a killer track full of energy and angst .
An inauspicious, hesitant start to this album. I am never sure if I like PJ’s work or not. I think the truth that I like some and not others. I do like her voice, but find parts of this set a bit turgid. I remember when I first heard tracks like Dress and Sheila-Na-Gig and thinking they sounded very different to what was around at the time. The stripped-back rawness works on those songs, but I think I prefer her more ‘arranged’ songs, in general. The follow up - Rid Of Me - has superior songs, and more of them. Not bad, but a bit hit-and-miss for me. Which would also be my summary of her career generally.
I know she’s apparently very “authenthic” indie rock and cool etc but musically doesn’t do much for me
Not a fan of the music. Kind of reminded me of the band Garbage.
Comme évoqué par mon camarade d'écoute robtaupinière, je me suis rendu au domicile de Robert pour lui mettre un bourrepif. Cette série absolument cauchemardesque à laquelle nous avons le droit depuis maintenant plusieurs mois se devait dêtre sanctionnée, j'ai donc procédé de la sorte: - Je me suis rendu au domicile de Robert - J'ai entrouvert la porte de ledit domicile - Je me suis dirigé vers Robert - J'ai chargé mon poing derrière moi - J'ai infligé un bourrepif à Robert Je suis par la suite repartit chez moi en écoutant l'ignoble album de PJ Harvey.
Was a bit underhelmed when I listened to this to be honest as I've heard great things about PJ and recalled enjoying the Stories For The Cities album. Not awful, but nothing stood out either really.
ehh. wasnt interesting to me, didnt enjoy listening
Sheela-na-gig is a banger but otherwise not really my style
Nok 90-tall no
I would like it if that is the end of PJ Harvey on this list. Just cant get into it. 1.5/5
Not terrible but also not something I would seek out. On the low side 3* In two minds 2 or 3*
Seems pretty good. Need to hear it again! 2.5/5
I was clearly not listening to the right radio stations in '92. I didn't hear about PJ Harvey until down by the water came out. These song were good, a mix between pop and punk, she is finding her place. Rid of Me is the first full album I listened to and loved from her, followed by To Bring you my Love.
I am completely unfamiliar with this album. Alt-Rock? Grunge? Punk? Is that a cello?? Nice. Actually... multiple strings? cool. She is emotional and raw. This is growing on me a bit. I turned up the volume and it is more enjoyable. Overall I am surprised that this album would make the list of greatest all time albums. Stand out songs IMO: Dress, Happy And Bleeding, & Fountain
Ehh. This wasn’t for me. I’m guessing she was a trendsetter being a woman playing this type of music and recording all the instruments, but the songs seemed very mid to me.
I should love pj Harvey. She is universally revered in the rock indie world. Yet I didn’t enjoy any but of this album.
"Alternative" as in "i don't like it emo kinda way", cringy
not for me...sounds like they're trying to be sloppy in a way that works, idk. not my cup of tea
My hears are bleeding
c'est bien d'agrandir sa culture musicale et c'est tout ce que j'ai a dire la dessus
Pretty crazy we got the same artist two days in a row. Also crazy that I really don't like either of the albums. Tough for me to judge this impartially because I just don't like listening to it
Last pj Harvey album was dreary. Yep this one was no better.
I normally try to give albums a second or third listen, but this was terrible.
Lead singer sings worse than Matas.
Not my style. Couldn’t get interested in it. Listened twice and both times I got bored by the third song. Apparently critics love it. I don’t get it. 2.4/10
even water was dry
Pani Harvey to musi byc jakas gruba ryba wyspiarskiej muzyki, bo to juz jej drugi album i jeszcze jakie rozpiecie czasowe pomiedzy nimi, blisko 20 lat, przeciez w tyle sie umiera z 5 razy jak sie gra muzyke, a tutaj pani gra nadal, poprzedni album byl z 2k11, a ten natomiast przenosi nas do 92 zeby opowiedziec orgin story pani PJ Harvey, debiutancki krazek, to nie jakies folki i zmyslne kompozycje, tylko bardzo prosto, na trzech czlonkow bandy no i dodatkowe instrumentale sesyjne, pani PJ harata tutaj tylko na gitarce i smyczkach, bo album jest bardzo oszczedny jesli chodzi o swe brzmienie, az tak oszczednie, ze w niektorych momentach wydaje sie, ze to bas jest instrumentem prowadzacym, debiutancki albumik to tematycznie plyta jest zlepkiem wszystkiego i niczego, znajda sie lowe songi mlodej pannicy, jak i ambitne traki chocby motywach literacko biblijnych, zeby potem wystrzelic z jeszcze bardziej przekombinowanymi minimalistycznymi tekstami, jak na zamykajacym krazek water, ale niestety nie jest to the holy bible z poprzedniego picka, a jedynie pierwszy album pani ktora tutaj dopiero raczkuje w porownaiu z let england shake, wiec w tych 40 minutach ciezko mi znalezc kawalki ktore by mnie urzekly, no i od strony technicznej takze slychac, ze jest to pierwsza plyta, bo wokale potrafia sie gubic wsrod instrumentala, a jesli to byl zamierzony efekt, to jeszcze bardziej go nie rozumiem, ale przynajmniej nie ma syntezatorow na wokalach, wiec naturalnie pani PJ harata liryczki, niepokoji mnie ten przewijajacy sie motyw ekshibicjonizmu, czy chodzi tutaj o artystyczne obnazenie jako pierwszy krazek, moze ostatni, wiec tak stara sie pokazac wszystko co ma, no ale udalo sie przebrnac do konca, na plejke dodam najbardziej biblijny song, nawiazujacy do postaci samsona, wiec hair, mam nadzieje, ze to ostatnia pozycja pani Harvey na liscie, acz obawiam sie czegos przeciwnego
Just woke up from drinking way too much at a christmas dinner with work. This is exactly how I feel Could be a 1 but for the relation a 2 A boring record Whatever 1
So whose idea do you think it was to use the same vocal track on every single song? Seriously, how much effort can one woman put into not singing, and doing it on every track? Pretentious crap. One star for convincing somebody to actually record her.
Listened to 1/26/21 1/5 Favorite song: Happy and Bleeding Aggressively emotional and kind of annoying
I wish I had something good to say about this album. I enjoy emotional music, but there was nothing that stuck out to me or interested me. There wasn't a single song I even sort of enjoyed. I was praying for the end of the album to come. Really, just not for me.
1. not my thing, pretty miserable stuff. 2. similar, disliking this album fairly strongly so far. 3. Improvement, 'Dress' is listenable. 4. fine enough. 5. 6.7 songs just run on through, easily distracted. Not my cup of tea. Might have enjoyed it more when I was younger, and listened to this type of music more often, but found it a chore to get to the end of the slbum, couldn't wait for it to end.
Plants and Rags is bad. I know a hot girl singing atonally is a thing, but this album does nothing for me. I want to worship at the alter of PJ but this isn’t the alter I want to be at.
Listened to on 5/11/22 1/5 No songs I don’t like anything about this album
not another PJ Harvey album....
This punk stuff is all turning out terrible
Not sure how to feel on album start, little slow for me, but I might just not be in the mood for this right now. Liked the ending of Dress kind of got bored and didn't realize it ended, 6/10?
I didn't like