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Rid Of Me

PJ Harvey

1993

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Rid Of Me

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3.07

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5

There aren't enough stars in the sky to give this album the recognition it deserves. I love the raw emotion that the music breathes, the live feel of Albini's production, the occasional odd time signatures, and of course Polly Jean Harvey's impressive vocal performance.

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2

Can you imagine being as bad at your job as the person who mixed this album? Best track: Rub 'Til It Bleeds

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5

5.0 + With stewardship from Steve Albini, this album fully realizes PJ Harvey's explosive potential. Her vocals punch like a fist as she expounds on sexual frustration and deviance, bending genders with violent abandon. The recordings feel raw, like they can come undone at any moment, from the dramatic interplay of soft-loud-soft on the title track, to the jagged string ensemble on "Man-Size Sextet." This album simultaneously defines and typifies an early-90s alternative/grunge sound with more balls than almost all albums of that or any other era. Truly a highlight in an incredible string of albums from her early career.

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This is the best case for dynamics in rock I've heard yet. It's produced well enough to overcome my dislike of some of the grungier stylings, and doesn't fall into indulging itself proggishly. After the fifth track, things get more experimental and, for the lack of a better word, sketchy. To the album's benefit. The attitude is immediately catchy, and the return of "man-size" is the formal cherry on top. Easy to see why this is essential, harder to figure out how to move from appreciating it to loving it.

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4

The transition from near whispering quiet to in your face loud really works on Rid of Me. This is reminiscent of the low to loud technique the Butthole Surfers used on their Locust Abortion Technician album. I hear that in the late 80s PJ worked as a mantis abortion technician so it's no surprise that she would be drawn to that B Surfer's album for inspiration. It's great that the App sent us her albums in order. Rid if Me is better than Dry. The only real personnel change is that Albini produced it. I thought this really worked but Albini never produced for her again and she had a wholesale change of bandmates for her next album. Not sure why such major changes were needed but her third album is even better than this one.

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Rid Of Me fait une très belle entrée dans le Top 10 des pochettes les plus moches du générateur. D'un point de vue musical, tous mes espoirs étaient concentrés sur le titre éponyme, apparemment plébiscité par sept millions d'abrutis sur la plateforme Spotify à l'inverse de la suite de l'album quant à elle complètement anonyme. Dans ce premier morceau, PJ Harvey n'a qu'une seule obsession : agresser nos oreilles avec des changements de volume absolument insupportables. PJ aura beau essayer de me récupérer avec la suite, en vain. Le mal était fait. Et ce n'est certainement pas cette punkerie des plus dégueulasses qui aurait pu me convaincre de ne pas accorder la pire des notes. PS: Dans ma critique de Lady in Satin de Billie Holiday, vous avez été nombreux à remarquer la faute que j'ai commise dans le nom propre du premier président de notre Vème République. Je vous prie de m'en excuser.

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Surprised on how much I didn't like it. Seemed like atonal rock music with no melody whatsoever. Seem to remember trying to give PJ Harvey a try in the past and having a similar response. 1.5/5

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5

Dry was shockingly frank in its subject and sound, as PJ Harvey delivered post-feminist manifestos with a punkish force. PJ Harvey's second album, Rid of Me, finds the trio, and Harvey in particular, pushing themselves to extremes. This is partially due to producer Steve Albini, who gives the album a bloodless, abrasive edge with his exacting production; each dynamic is pushed to the limit, leaving absolutely no subtleties in the music. Harvey's songs, in decided contrast to Albini's approach, are filled with gray areas and uncertainties, and are considerably more personal than those on Dry. Furthermore, they are lyrically and melodically superior to the songs on the debut, but their merits are obscured by Albini's black-and-white production, which is polarizing. It may be the aural embodiment of the tortured lyrics, and therefore a supremely effective piece of performance art, but it also makes Rid of Me a difficult record to meet halfway. But anyone willing to accept its sonic extremities will find Rid of Me to be a record of unusual power and purpose, one with few peers in its unsettling emotional honesty. [Source: https://www.allmusic.com/album/rid-of-me-mw0000096498]

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5

A strange, sexual and raw album. Uncomfortable in parts. Loved it.

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5

It’s stunning. So raw and powerful. There isn’t much to it, yet it’s everything.

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This bitch crazy band the music matches her energy. Really enjoyed this one, punky grunge with a really great thread running throughout

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4

Noisy indie-rock/punk-rock album. Well mixed, but could benefit from being even noisier/bordering on industrial music. 8/10

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Trying to rate this album without knowing the trajectory of her career. Filthy, grungy, garage rock at its core. Unrefined sound. Glimpses of creative risk with Mansized Sextet. This is music that a local band who used to play at the barn at the end of the dirt road is now playing at all the nearby dive bars.

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5

Brilliant, I've got to go back to this

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5

Near perfection. Exactly my taste. Will revisit over and over I’m sure.

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5

for me this is my favourite album so far. vocals and instrumentals fit , experiment alt rock mix between kimya Dawson and Sharon van eton two of my favourite artists

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5

amazing. front to back, beginning to end. yes.

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5

Joyaza. Me alegro mucho de que exista PJ Harvey y aquí está en su mood muy rockera-digo-lo-que-se-me-pega-la-gana. No hay skips, pero entre mis favs están "Rid of Me", "Rub Til' It Bleeds" y "Man-Size Sextet". 10/10

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5

Me gustó mucho. La vibra oscura de muchas letras, la variedad entre rock movidón, dramático y otros shenanigans experimentales. Sin skips, pero me gustaron sobre todo: Rub til it bleeds, Man-size Sextet, y 50ft Queenie. Mood: When I'm fucked up, that's the real me

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5

Krachtig rock album, met een dijk van een zangeres en muzikante

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5

Nick was not a fan

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5

Nunca fui fan de PJ Harvey, no porque no me gustara, sino que más bien nunca llegó a mí (?) pero supongo que la PJ de este disco es la que la gente iba a ver al Corona y así.

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5

Roh! Unpräzise!

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5

Toll. Bisher nur am Rande wahrgenommen. Das erfordert eine intensivere Befassung

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5

Somehow, I don't think I'd ever listened (or at least known I was listening) to PJ Harvey before. What an interesting album and interesting musician. Absolutely unafraid.

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5

Excellent Album I really enjoyed. Cover of Highway '61 Revisted == FUCK YESSSSSS

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5

good album

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5

riotous, intense, visceral. More familiar with PJH's 00s albums, but this one is superb

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5

True classic in every sense

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5

This is some real force of nature stuff.

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5

My first PJ Harvey album (I've only heard a couple of her songs before this). What an excellent album! Some of the best 90s alt rock that I have heard. Excited to check out the rest of her discography

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5

PJ HARVEY NEVER EVER MISSES.

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5

Holy shit, this was recorded at Pachyderm in Cannon Falls! Another masterpiece recorded there by Steve Albini. This album really has room to breathe and feels very natural and three dimensional with some nice production touches in the right places to punch up the drama. Her semi-unhinged performance is breathtaking. Quite a thrill ride and it brings me right back to that era, although, I'm ashamed to say, despite being peripherally aware of her, I slept on this in its time. I regret that now. If this came out today it would still sound as fresh and relevant as ever.

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5

What a fantastic album. Incredibly tough and uncompromising. PJ'S absolutely drips with anger and attitude and ultimately strength and determination. Her emotional range is matched by her vocal range which never hits a wrong note. And the dynamics on this record are incredible, especially on Man Size and of course The title track which absolutely explodes when the full band kicks in. This album is not an easy listen, but once it gets its hooks in you it's impossible to set yourself free. 5 🌟

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5

Fabulous work again PJ. Absolutely stunning and raw.

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4

Raw. As. Hell.

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4

Raw PJ.... fantastic album. Visceral and immediate!

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4

Oh so that's what PJ Harvey sounds like. Nice.

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4

PJ <3

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4

Det e detta som ger power, de e najs.

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4

Less tuneful than I normally go for but great sound, great performances.

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4

Album med masser af vrede og fede numre. Lidt en an blanding af Nirvana og Green Day med en sangerinde. Jeg 4 stjerner straight

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4

Keep the female proto-punk coming

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4

I enjoyed it!

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4

Freakin' great for my first listen to PJ Harvey. Grungy brilliance, up there with Nirvana's best imo

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4

it's a classic for a reason. bad bitch. fav track: 50ft queenie

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4

What I like in this album I like a lot. Some of the discordant, vocal wailing wears a bit, but the pros outweigh the cons.

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4

epic awesome lovely mmm

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4

yo this is hella good. her voice is amazing. cool cool

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4

Great

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4

Great. 3rd/4th best PJ Harvey album

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4

Może nawet 4+

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4

Catchy metal stuff. Not my cup of tea but still good

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4

PJ Harvey era una assignatura pendent, així que em va alegrar la proposta d'escoltar un àlbum seu. I m'ha agradat força. La seva personalitat és arrasadora, m'encanta la seva forma de cantar, que voreja la psicosi. Sembla un disc malaltís, ple de canvis d'humor i rampells de fúria. Les guitarres sonen brutals, la producció d'Albini, marca de la casa, afegeix un plus més al total. Potser li manca tenir algun hit, algun single més clar, però tot i així ha estat un descobriment que m'animarà sense dubte a escoltar més àlbums d'ella.

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8

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I really like this album. I love the rawness of it. I have it on vinyl

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Really liked it

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4

PJ Harvey war bei mir irgendwie etwas in Vergessenheit geraten. Schade eigentlich, denn sie ist richtig gut, hat was von Patti Smith.

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да то же самое по сути, что и предыдущий альбом. Вторая часть больше зашла, до этого слишком как-то всё бесструктурно, хотя отдельные элементы доставляли (вот эти распевки в левом ухе в первом треке, такая мьюзовская прям тема, возможно вдохновлялись). Наиболее запоминающиеся треки напомнили джусифер в самые мейнстримные моменты (по типу LED и Lucky One Burns). Угарнул с того, что трек Man-Size в струнной аранжировке в альбоме стоит раньше ориг версии, обычно вроде такое для бонусов сохраняют. Но хорошо, что не сохранили, ибо с этого трека что-то реально интересное начало в альбоме происходить. В целом ну слушабельно, наверное на ту же четвёрку, особенно интересным показалось, что тут есть трек Dry, который называется как предыдущий альбом, хорошее новаторство.

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Überraschend gut!

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4

A powerful, raw, emotional experience. Her voice is otherworldly, and I love the abrasive instrumentation.

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4

Pretty good

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4

Was great, want to listen to more PJ Harvey.

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4

Pretty good rock. Guitar work is great!

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Yeeeeeeeah.

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4

Hadn't listened to PJ Harvey before. That was great.

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4

Liked it. Would listen again.

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4

Good solid rock. Somewhat repetitive, but a very fun cover of Highway 61

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4

Pretty good. Not much else to say.

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4

Grungy 90s PJ Harvey is a lot better than milquetoast-alt rock 2000s PJ Harvey. Still not my favorite, and I think it ran a little long, but I thought this was pretty raw and creative and interesting to listen to. 7/10

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4

PJ Harvey casts a long shadow, and for a long time from listening to her later work, I never quite got it, but it comes through loud and clear on here. I've put four stars now, but given what this is making me think — that you can put the music on this record up against most of the angriest, noisiest, most cathartically chaotic music of the 90s and it'll win most of the time — it'll probably be a 4.5 to 5 star someday. Great first impression.

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4

I might not like this quite as much as To Bring You My Love, but it’s very good. Also, sorry Elvis Costello, I love you, but this album sounds great.

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4

I'd never listened to PJ Harvey before, and I thought this was pretty cool. I think that the mix of the album could have been better in places, since it was sometimes hard to separate out the different instruments/sounds. Overall, though, I liked it. It has that heavy early 90s sound without sounding derivative of the other stuff that was happening at the time 4/5

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4

good stuff

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4

One thing I appreciate about Harvey's artistry is how undeniably 'her' each album she makes is. This sophomore effort has all the classic PJisms - gnashing guitars, looming interludes, creeping voices in the background. Things do tend to get a bit homogeneous and too blandly 90s grunge in the middle, but some discordant interludes snap things back into focus sharply for a strong finish.

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4

I like the rawness of PJ and the originality. No real songs that stick but shes good. 3.6

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4

The first third of the album is swamped in the dirty muddy guitar and falls into the habit of sounding too similar on each track, which ultimately makes all of the songs blend into each other. Using the contrast of quiet and loud for verses and chorus quite a lot, it can sound quite sparse and thin in places. But the choice of chords and solid back beat keeps it interesting. Really like how raw it is, but fuck me the riffs drag on. The songs are quite linear, built around one riff or idea and expanded upon and dragged out for 3 minutes. Wasn’t sure of the album at first, but by the end of it I was a fan. 4/5 - quite liked it, might listen to more PJ

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4

I think this might be my favorite album so far? Very great 90s alt rock stuff. Very un-commercial but still not really unfamiliar which in a way still made it pretty easy to 'get.' Honestly, on that Nick Cave album from a few days ago PJ Harvey featured on my least favorite track, so I was worried that this album would not be as good but thankfully it was. Some of the songs here spent a while building towards not much at all, some songs went quite fast and ended before you realized, some songs just went crazy for two or three minutes and then ended, all of it was done really well. Highway '61 Revisited is a Bob Dylan cover and a song I want to mention specifically because it does this exactly. The ending comes completely out of nowhere, but it somehow works and the next song picks up exactly where it leaves off. The whole album is just really great, and I'm excited to get to the three more albums that PJ Harvey has in this project.

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4

Not bad, pretty good in fact

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4

I discovered PJ Harvey over the summer and have listened to several of her albums multiple times. She's a critic's darling. And I think if I had been just a bit older in the 90's I'd have had a massive rock crush on her. She just has such an exotic vibe. Still, I don't know how to rate this album. Tons of grit and ferocity, all done in a minimal, tortured, lo-fi style. So it's kind of repetitive. Like her strumming that sounds cut-off and unusual tempos/timing - it starts with Rid of Me (including soft to hard) and it's in many songs. And I really do like that song and many others (Missed, Rub Til it Bleeds, 50ft Queenie, Yuri-G, Man-Size, Me-Jane) but I wonder if the rest are too similar or if I'm not appreciating their nuances enough. It's for sure a 3 and not a 5 for me. After a few listens I found myself adding more to my "really like" list, with differences in what I liked about them (some muted sound, some wall of sound). So I talked myself into a 4.

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4

alright. Liked the opening track. Would put on while I did work.

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4

PJ doesn't mess around. This is raw, dark, edgy and straight up, like she decided, ok I got my guitar, some songs I gotta get out, I need a bass player and a drummer. Let's go! The songs sound more similar (to each other) than other albums of hers and there isn't one I want to hum along to after listening. I'm giving a half-point bonus for the album cover and the fact she played violin and cello on Man-size Sextet.

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4

Lightning in a bottle

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4

When I said I hoped we get some more PJ albums throughout the list, I didn't expect to get another literally the next day... This is great though, she really builds on her sound from the first record and just experiments a bit more (Man-Size Sextet is a particular highlight) and it sounds amazing

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4

Two in a row! It's been a fun couple of days discovering PJ Harvey. Rid of me is again full of energy and top notch vocals. I found Rid of me louder and more in your face than Dry, and for that reason a little harder to jam with at first, but still great and I am now cemented as a PJ Harvey fan.

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4

Oh this is so absolutely my cup of tea

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4

Punk-rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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4

Liked this

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4

Segunda vez ouvindo PJ, curti mais dessa vez. Gostei do álbum. Melhor música: Missed

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4

Sauvage Prefs: Rid of Me, Highway 61 Revisited, 50ft Queenie, Yuri-G, Dry, Me-Jane Moins pref: Man-Size Sextet

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4

Only knew of later PJ Harvey stuff which I liked, but dang this album is punk as fuck, really raw in the best way. Live this would vibe so hard. Rid of Me is great. Legs is intense, love her raw screaming. Hey, another recording at Pachyderm Recording Studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Guess I know where to go and keep it local if need be in the future. The albums starts to drag a bit as it goes on though and never manages to reach the heights of the first tracks as well as going maybe a couple songs too long. Still very good, I never knew this side of PJ Harvey and I'm keen to listen more. 4.5 to 4.

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4

Good stuff, I feel like this was pretty hardcore for the early 90's.

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4

Raw as the uncooked chicken it feels like PJ is slapping me across the face with.

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4

Didn't like it when it came out, and it's still a disappointment after the first album but sounds great today. Glad to hear it again

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4

Harvey's vocals are even more raw and vulgar, able to plumb the depths of despair in Rid of Me, Dry and Rub Til It Bleeds. (7/10) FT: Rid of Me

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3

Awesome guitar album, but it feels too raw at some points to be fully enjoyable

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3

6.5/10 FT: Rid of Me

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njaeae, lite för mondänt?

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3

I listened to the album, it was pretty good but not really my type of vibe.

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3

Rating this higher than most other PJ Harvey records I've heard because I'm a sucker for this early 90s alternative/grunge sound. But I'm still not as in love with her sound as many others are.

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3

Pretty standard mid-90s rock. The songs are okay, the music is okay. Not really list-worthy.

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3

This is a good album, I've been lucky to hear it before. It's very raw and the guitar is borderline awful (hey, PJ IS a vocalist first), but I could listen to PJ's voice all day. The follow-up album, To Bring You My Love, however, will always remain in my top 10 favorite all time.

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3

some good stuff

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3

It definitely brought me back to a place and a time in my life but I’m not sure I wanted to be there.

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3

90s, gritty girl rock. Kind of sad and tortured and dirty feeling. Felt like a movie soundtrack. I little punk for my taste. Not something I would listen to again but different.

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3

Not too crazy about the vocals on some songs, but the guitar riffs are catchy.

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3

Better than most 90's albums of the exact same flavor

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3

Rock, punk. Interesante.

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3

While I appreciate what PJ Harvey has done for female musicians, it's not my favorite type of music to listen to on an album. I'd probably like this more live.

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3

Reminded me of the Fiona Apple album from this year. Pretty good

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3

A bit boring

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3

Not for me

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3

It sounds strange, but cool

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3

רוק נשי

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3

Hard to separate from the previous PJ Harvey album Dry. Probably even more raw

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3

Very raw which works with the better songs but leaves some songs feeling too incomplete. Still a good record.

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3

Didn't give it a fair crack but was good, not great

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3

Not bad, but also not great. This album takes awhile to kick in, and by the time it finally does get going you've got two more tracks and it's over. PJ has yet to really sink her teeth into me like she has for many others

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3

Good, set me off on a journey listening to her other stuff.

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3

Very particular sound, bringd back memories but not sure how well it 'aged'

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3

Not sure what I thought of this one, seems like an album that needs multiple listens. It's somewhat original at least

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3

Mejor de lo esperado - me quedo con las partes instrumentales y con

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3

Allright album. Some songs are really good, other not so much

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3

Decent, 3.5ish

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В начале вроде бы нащупал связь, как ив случае с первым альбомом. Подумал, что с повторными прослушиваниями местами тяжёлый для ушей звук будет проще восприниматься. Но нет, стало будто хуже, просто неприятно слушать, душилово какое-то. К тому же прошлый альбом больше зашёл, там была качёвая Шила-на-гиг, да и вокальные партии поинтереснее.

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3

Meh, I don't really get it.

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3

I'd give it more time, and it could be a new favorite

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3

Great

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3

A couple songs that really blew me away- love the energy and simplicity, as well as the way she plays with dynamics and tempo. Great artist overall-especially if you enjoy straightforward and cathartic rock music with an original+unique perspective.

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3

This barely scrapes a 3 for me which means I will listen to PJ Harvey again - mainly because some of the songs gave me a pixies vibe. I want to listen to more to see if they're an inspiration or of she's straight up copying them.

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3

es muy parecido a sinead o connor y patti smith. Me ha gustado

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Alors oui, comme l'information a circulé, je n'ai pas pu executer mon devoir d'auditeur hier après-midi, préférant suivre le quart de finale de volleyball entre la France et la Pologne, qui a vu la France s'imposer au cours d'un match haletant. Je tiens d'ailleurs à présenter mes excuses à tous mes lecteurs assidus. Néammoins, cela ne m'a pas empeché de lancer cet album en cette matinée avec excitation, étant donné que mon compatriote auditeur robclairière m'avait annoncé un album horrible. Vous connaissez desormais la musique, chaque opinion de rob doit etre prise a son exact inverse. Par exemple, si rob choisit le poulet fermier au restaurant, privilégiez la pièce de boeuf. Si Rob porte un tshirt pour sortir en ville, armez vous de votre parapluie. Vous aurez compris où je voulais en venir, cet album était de bonne facture.

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3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Rid of me

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3

Just sounds like standard grunge to me.

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Très bonne découverte ! 3 chansons likées sur 14, je reste un peu sur ma faim mais très envie d'écouter d'autres albums de l'artiste. J'aime bien sa voix, ça change d'entendre une femme chanter dans le milieu du rock.

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3

Overall nice rock sound

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3

This is raw and powerful, and I get why it's on the list. Unfortunately I just flat-out didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

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3

punk rock angry sound

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Mostly good, kinda weird

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3

Had this, sold it. Meh

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3

catchy! solid 3 stars. angry eli is pleased.

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6/10

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3

Het is rock die ik kan waarderen maar het pakt mij niet.

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3

Best PJ Harvey yet, I'm just still salty about how gd much she's on here while so much else is left out.

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Rid of me pakken we mee

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I'm a big fan of Tracy Bonham. So a lot of times I would get PJ Harvey as a recommendation. Not as similar as I would think. I will say I'm glad to have listened to this multiple times. The first listen I was not liking this, but a second more active listening I began to like this a lot more. I got into it a good deal, digging the time signatures and how the songs came together. Gonna give this a strong 3.

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Wanted to like it but didn’t seem to quite grab me

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not bad

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Most of it was pretty good, some not so great stuff in there. I like the "punkish" energy that some of the songs have. Really didn't seem essential listening to me but I might go back to some of those songs again someday.

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Familiar, already know and love a couple of the best tracks - rest are a bit meh

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Interessante, obviamente importante. Só que continuo preferindo as parcerias.

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Forgettable but listenable

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Bueno

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I never really 'got' PJ previously, but having listened through this one I'm going to put a bit of effort into doing so. I think this may be a great album.

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Better than Dry.

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My brain is telling me this is amazing and that PJ is a bonafide genius (she is) but it's like someone giving you a glass of the best Red wine and you know it's the best but you just don't really like Red wine that much and prefer beer. I've played it twice and there are some tracks (Rid of Me and Mansized) I'm digging but the rest just seems a bit flat. Her lyrics are at times really dynamic and she's a crazy full-on individual so shouldn't be judged surely face-on but maybe she needs more variation?

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I bought this album for that explosive title track, and frankly I hardly ever listen beyond that track: the rest of the album isn't on par. Not that it's bad, just not as good. I will also add that: 1. I prefer 4-Track Demos album over this (they share many of the songs). 2. For an alternative treat, try listening to Juliette Lewis' version of Rid of Me (from the 1995 movie Strange Days). Or, for that matter, Lewis' version of Hardly Wait (another PJ Harvey song, which you can find in 4-Track Demos).

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just not for me

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Bracingly good stuff to start the day.

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This album has a pervasive aura of anger and resentment stirred up by the radical loud-quiet switches and the powerful riffs that power it. A pleasant surprise from an artist I've never really heard of before.

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Not a fan

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Gritty, reminds me a bit of Courtney Barnett. Not my favorite, but well made.

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I love the raw sound, and the energy, though it wasn't quite my cup of tea.

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Her worse one so far.

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Not per se Bad but the album is just too long, the songs are too similar and she's trying to hard to be different and edgy

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Not for me

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doesn't sound bad but not interesting

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Will probably give it another go

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Nah

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I am not the audience here but I would also contend you could file this under More Important Than Good

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Meh. Grunge vibes

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Not really my thing. Most of the songs just seem... I don't know, noisy? Lyrical content didn't hook me either. This feels like it was a part of the 90's grunge movement but didn't quite have the charm or innovative sounds of other bands like Soundgarden, Bush, etc.

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90% terrible noise. \"50ft Queenie\" is a highlight and one I'll likely listen to again. This is literally the only good track.

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Remarkable musician and the production is amazing and sounds modern, but the songs are just not there for me.

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not for me

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Not my thing

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Perhaps I'm just getting old, but nothing about this album seems revolutionary or exiting. It's pretty much what I'd expect from the early 90s. I don't feel like this is an album anyone has to hear in their lifetime.

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Hmmm. Not a fan of this.

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early 90s grunge pop is usually a miss for me

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Sorry but this is just annoying. Stopped after half the album.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Missed, Me-Jane Cutting Edge: Rub 'Til It Bleeds, 50ft Queenie, Yuri-G Overall Notes: I went back and forth one giving this one a 1 star. On the first listen it was downright unlistenable. I think understand what she's going for and she's doing a damn good job of showing what I understand to be gender-based rage. The problem is that I didn't want to hear it ever again. After forcing myself to listen to it again, however, I could in fact hear melody and how to music complimented the anger and confusion really well. Absolutely a 2 still because even though it does what it does really well, I don't really like what it does. This album isn't really for me though, and I would never say that this is a bad album. Kinda goated tbh. Still a 2 from me tho.

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Niet echt mijn ding.

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Nope. Drei Lieder rein und eher genervt, als animiert, zuzuhören.

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прошлый альбом харви был намного лучше, тут что опять крики слишком невпопад

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Not really nice 2,5/5

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Inte min stil..

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Que deje de gritar...

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- terribly balanced for me at least. - raw and intimate but high energy - difficult but powerful

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Had this artist on my list for a while because of associated acts. Assumed I’d get a bit of enjoyment from this but it’s contrived, wailing, “rock chick” garbage. Might have been ground breaking at the time but the rock chick thing was bet to the punch by The Breeders so that alone can’t grant this album special status yet I can’t give this album a 1. Seeing serious holes in the 1-5 star rating system. Ironically as the album ended and the Spotify shuffle continued, The Breeders came on as the first song.

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First listen. I like the sound. Hard. This has potential to get better with next listens.

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Like the sound of the guitar, but not the wailing cacophony. In this album there are only really 2 songs for me: 50ft Queenie and Dry.

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I feel like the Fiona Apple album we listened to earlier was a peek into what PJ Harvey should have been going for instead of whatever the hell this is. Also why does she talk about dicks so much?? 4

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4/10. I almost liked the cover of Highway '61 Revisited, but overall after four albums of PJ Harvey, I am just glad to be Rid of Her.

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Still don't like her stuff, made my head hurt. Cool album cover though. 4

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Not an easy listen

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I Known something of PJ Harvey but never I listened to much her.

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Tiene sus cosas buenas pero carece de ese "wow" que me gusta

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Ive not finished listening the album

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I didn't really enjoy this. However, I didn't want to destroy my ears so I didn't have to listen to it anymore, so I'll give it 2 stars rather than 1.

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Well.. someone found out their electric guitar amplifier has a distort knob. The music isn't awful but definitely not my thing. Too noisy.

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Ok.

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nej dees vinnek niet tof

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not sure why I'm not giving this a 1...

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Too chaotic

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I never got what people saw in her. Just stop with all these crap albums.

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This is dark, raw and provocative. What’s with that album cover with the disembodied head? Do I think that she is good? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Nope.

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Not my cup of the..

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Different type of aggressiveness than the other album I've listen to on this list. I definitely enjoyed the other one more. There wasn't much for me to like here.

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Not as good as I remember. The audio range on a commute might not have helped that.

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My Junior High self can identify with the angst in this music. I think I've just moved on from this phase of my life.

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The album does not have the kind of interest that watching a train wreck would. This album sort of grows like a fungus that medically speaking probably is not harmful, but that a patient should treat because it sure does look as though it could be, but you know that it will have to come off eventually. The album is tea served in a bowl garnished with onion. It relies on being disheveled and unorthodox to make whatever point it is trying to make. The tea is fine, but then there is onion that follows it. Small sips are easy, but then sporadic jitters cause a spill. The album is a poorly delivered beverage, a hot beverage at that. The artist, PJ Harvey, one would argue is the torturer here and not the tortured. Perhaps this is an art album, the purpose of which is meant to be different and weird. If so, maybe in that context it works. PJ Harvey seems also to be more songwriter than she is singer. Her voice is apropos for her persona and music though, so credit must be given. Objectively, accusations of being a lazy musician would not stick, however the inverse might hold true in that she tries too hard, that the PJ Harvey we get is a misdirect of some kind. An exception to this criticism is that PJ Harvey sounds as though she is putting in the work, and this is a saving grace that provides much needed tolerance to listen to this album.

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Eh this has a few moments but it's pretty inaccessible, mostly just one giant angry Gen X chick trope. Goes a bit over the top with dynamics and weird for the sake of being weird moments. Couldn't really enjoy it for more than a few seconds at a time before it threw a wall of noise at me. It's annoying - when it rocked it actually really started to rock, only to rip me out of the groove and piss me off with silliness. 2/5.

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Pff... ma cos'è? (secondo album di PJ Harvey che mi capita, avrei fatto a meno) MEH, la canzone migliore è una cover di Bob Dylan

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It's good and I can totally see why someone would like it. She's got cool raw energy but it's not really for me

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I didn't really like this. Although, it reminded me of Tool at times - which I understand is an odd comparison. But, at times, it sounded like three people trying to recreate Tool's sound in their garage. Like, it was faint and sloppy, but it was there. That was the only interesting part to me though.

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Wow I did not enjoy this. Really moany, discordant alt music. Going with a 2 just because I’ve heard worse.

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not my thing

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Not very good at singing

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SHIT

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i feel like i'm at my local watering in the mid 90's hole waiting for my favorite local band Rosemary Gates, and I'm listening to the opening local act... its fine, yet unremarkable. Its like background music at hot topic. I don't understand how this one and GFK got on here. top 1k? ever? there is no way this was groundbreaking in 93. perhaps its just my boomer sensibilities. top 3.... 1of5

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Like ice picks in my ears. Big yikes all throughout. 1/10.

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Boring

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pretty rugid - not helped by the kinda dirty production. I get the grunge influences, and i like some of her later stuff but this was just pretty....shite.

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Meh. Not bothered at all.

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could not get on with it

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Gave up. Not for me.

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Niet afgewerkt. Mooie stem, maar de muziek kon niet overtuigen.

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Can't say I really liked much, if any, of this. Not my type of music

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Not another PJ Harvey album :( I have stated that I can't stand her voice

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pass -

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Just after half way something akin to a tune emerged. Otherwise it felt like we had wandered into a forge. May well be better live.

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I liked it kinda sounded like someone stepped on a cats tail at a few spots but good overall.

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Slightly better than the last one but pj Harvey is not for me. 2.5/10

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Didn't like this one. 1/5 stars.

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Skal la være å gjenta meg selv, men dette er ikke min type musikksmak. Blir litt lamslått av at det får så gode tilbakemeldinger og finnes på 1001 album. Bare fordi en person varierer mellom å hviske inn i mikrofonen og hyle fra full hals gjør det ikke nyskapende og bra. Såvidt 1/5, burde være 0,5/5

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Listened to on 5/12/22 1/5 No songs I don’t like anything about PJ Harvey’s style of music - too chaotic for me

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Kategoria powiedzenia wyspiarskie, z deszczu pod rynne, bo po Slayerowym picku nie sadzilem, ze cos jeszcze w tym tygodniu bedzie sola na rane, a jednak wylosowalo kolejny album od pani PJ Harvey, Rid Of Me, ktory jest jej drugim studyjnym krazkiem z 93, ktory jest follow upem do goraco przyjetego Dry, ktory juz pojawil sie wczesniej na liscie, tak w ogole jest to czwarta pozycja od tej pani, wiec juz nie tyle sama muzyka, co znudzenie nia wywoluje w czlowieku negatywnce uczucia, bo w przeciwienstwie do let england shake brakuje tutaj ciekawego grania wychodzacego poza standardy artystycznego indyjskiego rokowania, a za to jest klasyczne trio z Dry, wiec gitara, bas i drumy, do tego dodatkowe instrumentowanie od pani Harvey w postaci organow czy smyczkow, ktore slychac przede wszystkim na man-sizowym sextecie, ktory wyroznia sie tym, ze nie harczy jak wiekszosc materialu z tej plyty, ktory brzmi wrecz piwnicznie przez te przesterowane gitary i gleboki basior, co do strony lirycznej to nadal slychac podobne motywy co na Ridzie, wiec nadal zagubiona i nadal zla mloda dama ktora wyrzuca swe wnetrze jako kontent swych utworow, do tego dochodzi jeszcze zbrodnia na coverze dylanowskiego highwaya i tak zamyka sie prawie 50 minutowy odsluch, niby 1001 albumow na liscie, ale jakims dziwnym trafem znajdzie sie miejsce na polowe dyskografii lokalnych artystow wyspiarskich

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