This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Rid Of Me

PJ Harvey

1993

Rid Of Me

Album Summary

Rid of Me is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey. It was released by Island Records in May 1993, approximately one year after the release of her critically acclaimed debut album Dry. It marked a departure from Harvey's previous songwriting, being more raw and aggressive than its predecessor. The songs on Rid of Me were performed by Harvey's eponymous trio, consisting of Harvey on guitar and vocals, Rob Ellis on drums and background vocals, and Steve Vaughan on bass. Most of the songs on the album were recorded by Steve Albini, and it was the last album they recorded as a trio before disbanding in late 1993. Rid of Me was met with critical acclaim, and is cited as one of the greatest albums of all time, ranking at number 153 on the 2020 version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (up from 406 on the list's previous edition).

Wikipedia

Rating

3.07

Votes

4789

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
Reviews
Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
Wed Oct 20 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 30 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 19 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 25 2021
2

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

👍
View Author
Thu Apr 08 2021
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]

👍
View Author
Tue Jul 06 2021
4

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.

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Sun Jan 30 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Aug 03 2021
1

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.

👍
View Author
Wed Dec 15 2021
1

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

👍
View Author
Wed Aug 25 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 10 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 18 2022
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 🌟

👍
View Author
Wed Oct 26 2022
5

This one has a special place in PJ Harvey's discography, thanks to Steve Albini recording it. He hates the term "producing", you know, and for fans of his unmistakable drum sound, it's one of his best work ever, iconic in its own right. But all that would be useless if this record wasn't *also* one of the greatest collections of tunes PJ Harvey has ever assembled for an album, and, even more importantly, one of her best studio performances ever. Raw, pure, unburdened by studio production shenanigans (the ones Albini hates so much). You can't beat the emotion that comes out of albums like that when they're good. And this one is very, *very* good. Part succubus, part hysterical wench, Polly Jean teases you with opener "Rid of Me", displaying those nineties quiet-loud-quiet dynamics in quite an extreme understanding of them, and relentless in its obsessive, clearly sexual thump. Then, after that terrific introduction, she piles on inspired swampy blues riffs like it's only a second nature to her, shredding them one after the other until her hands bleed. It's as if the great African American bluesmen of the past were possessing the spirit of a white middle-class British girl, her body shaking with the tremors and emotional scars they left inside her innocent soul. Don't call the exorcist, please, because it's a treat listening to this young woman moaning, yelling, grumbling, hushing, shrieking, or just simply lulling or singing those admirable tunes--that some people complained that the voice was buried in the mix has always seemed mind-boggling to me: actually, given what PJ Harvey sometimes does with said *outré* voice, it would probably have been very awkward to listen to had it been louder. Here, it's just perfect, especially if you add the fact that the lyrics are one of a kind too, filled with suggestive innuendoes, more graphic details, and Freudian slips of the tongue. Check out "Man-Size", "15 ft. Queenie", "Dry", " Legs", "Snake" or "Yuri G" for examples of that. There's an understated S&M / bondage mood hanging over those lyrics and music. But even if you don't get kinky that way, it's a treat, lyrically and musically speaking. To put it in a nutshell, Polly Jean puts on a hell of a freak show here, and yet she is so inspired, and sounds so entranced, that the results are actually nothing short of blissful (see closer "Ecstasy", for instance). Through mud, she digs gold. Through a sense of the grotesque, she reaches sublime skies. This here is the mark of the true Romantic. And it doesn't hurt that said Romantic is also such an insanely great singer and guitar player. One that's raw, pure, unburdened--except by that delta devil whispering devilish things in her ears. You still haven't called that exorcist, I hope. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: less than 780, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far  Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

👍
View Author
Sat May 08 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Apr 15 2021
4

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.

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 07 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Oct 21 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Sun Dec 05 2021
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

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 12 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Sun Jan 30 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 10 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 23 2022
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Don't know what to think....I like the Albini production and the quiet/loud dynamics. Needs a few more memorable hooks. It probably needs more listens. I like how she puts everything into the lyrics... 3

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 27 2021
2

doesn't sound bad but not interesting

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 10 2021
2

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

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 24 2020
5

Brilliant, I've got to go back to this

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 17 2020
5

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

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 28 2021
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

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 16 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Sat Jun 05 2021
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

👍
View Author
Sat Jun 05 2021
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

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 12 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Nick was not a fan

👍
View Author
Sat Jun 05 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Roh! Unpräzise!

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 19 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 06 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 07 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Sun Sep 12 2021
5

good album

👍
View Author
Fri Oct 01 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Oct 20 2021
5

True classic in every sense

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 03 2021
5

This is some real force of nature stuff.

👍
View Author
Fri Nov 12 2021
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

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 09 2022
5

PJ HARVEY NEVER EVER MISSES.

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Fabulous work again PJ. Absolutely stunning and raw.

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 30 2022
5

This is the third PJ Harvey album I've been recommended by the generator, and it made me wonder if the list really needs three PJ Harvey albums? And the answer is yes. Yes, it does.

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Album #3 from PJ Harvey for me and... yeah, it kicks so much ass. Surprising, seeing as how her other entries on this list haven't been anywhere near as memorable (to me, at least). Raw, incredible use of dynamics... Just blown away, really. Favorite tracks: "Rid of Me", "Missed", "Rub 'Til It Bleeds", "50ft Queenie"

👍
View Author
Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Raw. As. Hell.

👍
View Author
Mon May 17 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Oct 08 2020
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon Nov 16 2020
4

PJ <3

👍
View Author
Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Det e detta som ger power, de e najs.

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 23 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Wed Apr 07 2021
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

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Keep the female proto-punk coming

👍
View Author
Sun Feb 28 2021
4

I enjoyed it!

👍
View Author
Sun May 23 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 16 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 28 2021
4

epic awesome lovely mmm

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Great

👍
View Author
Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Great. 3rd/4th best PJ Harvey album

👍
View Author
Tue May 11 2021
4

Może nawet 4+

👍
View Author
Fri Apr 23 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 29 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 27 2021
4

8

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Really liked it

👍
View Author
Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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.

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Überraschend gut!

👍
View Author
Sat May 01 2021
4

Pretty good

👍
View Author
Sun May 09 2021
4

Was great, want to listen to more PJ Harvey.

👍
View Author
Sun May 23 2021
4

Pretty good rock. Guitar work is great!

👍
View Author
Mon May 10 2021
4

Yeeeeeeeah.

👍
View Author
Wed May 19 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Wed May 19 2021
4

Liked it. Would listen again.

👍
View Author
Sun May 30 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Pretty good. Not much else to say.

👍
View Author
Tue Aug 31 2021
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

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 20 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 23 2021
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

👍
View Author
Wed Oct 20 2021
4

good stuff

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Dec 09 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Not bad, pretty good in fact

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 14 2022
4

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

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Lightning in a bottle

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 09 2022
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

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 09 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Oh this is so absolutely my cup of tea

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Punk-rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

👍
View Author
Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Liked this

👍
View Author
Sun Feb 27 2022
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 10 2022
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 10 2022
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Apr 14 2022
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

👍
View Author
Mon Apr 18 2022
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

👍
View Author
Wed May 11 2022
4

Great. Heavier than I expected

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Not as good as her first album as some songs are very grungey. When she gets back into pouring her heart out and screaming, she's much better.

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 29 2022
4

don't know what to say about this one

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Am I a PJ Harvey fan? I’m not sure… but man that opening track ("Rid of Me")!!! And interestingly there is a song with the title of the previous album ("Dry"). It's very interesting to compare the three PJ Harvey albums I've listened to. This is definitely a darker, grittier album than DRY and STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA. This seems more ambitious to me as well. The jury is out on whether I enjoy listening to it quite as much... maybe it has a more narrow band of listening conditions than the others for me. Still, I very much appreciate its raw nature.

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Definitely not my favorite of the PJ Harvey albums we've listened to so far. I'm glad we have those: Dry and Stories of the City, ...

👍
View Author
Fri Jul 08 2022
4

I listened to this album a few times and I ended up liking it despite myself. I would say the conditions have to be right, though. Can't imagine enjoying any sort of direct listening, but as background music, I feel this album does a good job providing a sort of edgy, grinding atmosphere. One small thing I hated: the solo backup singing. Holy crap, dude, stop.

👍
View Author
Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Fury and bliss all rolled into one. For all the angry songs on here there are also the ones that lull you into a false sense of safety. I love this album.

👍
View Author
Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Raw, feisty and angry, plenty of distorted open guitar chords and drum fills. Great album!

👍
View Author
Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Ну в целом неплохо, под пиво заходит.

👍
View Author
Wed Aug 17 2022
4

One of the great Albini collaborations. PJ seldom disappoints and this sounds more like her than anything else.

👍
View Author
Fri Aug 19 2022
4

What an incredibly raw emotional album. The noise from the band backs up Harvey's confrontational vocals. Great use of dynamics to make the loud parts hit harder. Such a starkly unique album in the way of alt rock, really goes against the grain by building on the wave of grunge in the states.

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 01 2022
4

nicer

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I liked this album, I feel like I’ve seen the cover before

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Got way into this a while after it came out (by way of my brother, a common refrain in these capsule reviews), from there looked back to Dry and the 4 Track Demos. Stopped following her after Dance Hall at Louse Point. But I listened to this a whole lot and still knew it well these decades later. And it holds up, a really great album actually, although the wall to wall relationship torture themes don’t really resonate with me anymore.

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Didn’t mind this, but more from a nostalgic viewpoint. I remember hearing this at the time and thinking it sounded energetic and the lyrical content seemed different to anything else around then. Found it a bit wearing after a while - I think my tolerance of sustained loud angry music is fairly low these days, but there are some great songs on here.

👍
View Author
Mon Oct 10 2022
4

rock!

👍
View Author
Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Great and also just okay. The raw energy of PJ Harvey is phenomenal. Reminds me of the edgy girl everyone had a crush on in high school. Will I occasionally put on some songs yes. Will I put on the whole album no. Will I tell everyone she is one of the greatest UK songwriters ever, always.

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Enjoyed

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 23 2022
4

This is definitely something I would listen to on my own and it deserves more fame. I love the guitar and bass on this entire album. The vocals are strong and very angsty, hence why I would listen to it on my own. Love the strings in Man-Size Sextet. Fave track(s): Dry, Snake

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 09 2020
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 19 2021
3

6.5/10 FT: Rid of Me

👍
View Author
Fri Nov 13 2020
3

njaeae, lite för mondänt?

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Tue Jun 01 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 29 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 29 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Sat May 08 2021
3

some good stuff

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 17 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue May 18 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 10 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Rock, punk. Interesante.

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 19 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 27 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 23 2021
3

A bit boring

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Not for me

👍
View Author
Thu Apr 29 2021
3

It sounds strange, but cool

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 19 2021
3

רוק נשי

👍
View Author
Wed May 12 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 25 2021
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

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 12 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri Apr 09 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 05 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Thu Jul 01 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Sat May 22 2021
3

Decent, 3.5ish

👍
View Author
Tue Jun 15 2021
3

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.

👍
View Author
Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Meh, I don't really get it.

👍
View Author
Tue May 11 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri May 07 2021
3

Great

👍
View Author
Thu May 20 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Jun 03 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Thu May 27 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Tue Aug 03 2021
3

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.

👍
View Author
Sat Aug 21 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Rid of me

👍
View Author
Sun Aug 22 2021
3

Just sounds like standard grunge to me.

👍
View Author
Fri Aug 27 2021
3

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.

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Overall nice rock sound

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 08 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 22 2021
3

punk rock angry sound

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Mostly good, kinda weird

👍
View Author
Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Had this, sold it. Meh

👍
View Author
Thu Oct 14 2021
3

catchy! solid 3 stars. angry eli is pleased.

👍
View Author
Fri Nov 19 2021
3

6/10

👍
View Author
Fri Nov 26 2021
3

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

👍
View Author
Wed Dec 08 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Rid of me pakken we mee

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 12 2022
3

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.

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 31 2022
3

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

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 03 2022
3

not bad

👍
View Author
Sun Feb 06 2022
3

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.

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 09 2022
3

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

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 09 2022
3

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

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Forgettable but listenable

👍
View Author
Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Bueno

👍
View Author
Sun Mar 27 2022
3

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.

👍
View Author
Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Better than Dry.

👍
View Author
Sun Apr 10 2022
3

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?

👍
View Author
Fri Apr 15 2022
3

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).

👍
View Author
Mon Apr 25 2022
3

just not for me

👍
View Author
Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Unfortunately the mixing was a big problem for this album. It was way, way too soft in some areas, and way, way too loud in others. Which is a shame because the vocals and lyrics were entertaining and engaging. This was a good album, hindered by some bad choices.

👍
View Author
Thu May 12 2022
3

Bracingly good stuff to start the day.

👍
View Author
Fri May 13 2022
3

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.

👍
View Author
Mon Jun 06 2022
3

3/5 nice but not enough

👍
View Author
Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Best Song: Rid of Me. A totally raw and bold kickoff to the album. For whatever reason, the "rough around the edges" quality that is put off here feels more authentic than it does for a lot of other bands of the era. Worst Song: Man-Size Sextet. Not bad by any means, but it definitely feels more like a performance art piece than a regular "song". Overall: Had never heard (nor heard of) her before, but I was impressed with the quality and authenticity of the music. Felt like a good example of what benefits this raw style of musical production can have.

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Very eclectic. I enjoyed some of the songs but some got a bit noisy for me

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 29 2022
3

This was a challenging listen for me. I really want to love PJ Harvey, but this particular album was too gritty and hard for me to love. I was challenged to even find like in many tracks.

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 29 2022
3

As the third PJ Harvey album in this project, I found this one the hardest to listen to. It's a rough one, isn't it? But I guess that was on purpose. I appreciated a lot of it, but I also turned the volume down a lot.

👍
View Author
Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Rawer and angrier than debut, but neither as affecting or effective overall. Undeniable intensity and points for originality on Dylan cover and artiness on "Man-Size Sextet" but otherwise more rancorous than memorable.

👍
View Author
Wed Aug 17 2022
3

A lot more raw than I was expecting, not a cheerful listen but still worthwhile...but not one I would be revisit time and time again, if only for my own mental well being.

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 02 2022
3

20 years old me would have loved this album. Raw and angry grunge songs. Saved at least 3 to hear again when I am in the mood.

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 02 2022
3

it is a decent album with some great songs but it did not steal my heart as some other albums from PJ

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Iam Sure IT IS great, Not for me

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Polly Jean at her rawest. Great stuff. Not my favourite... but definitely worth a listen or two. Stand out tracks: Rid of Me, 50 Ft Queenie, Dry.

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Dark and dirty with a weird Dylan cover in the mix and a grim album cover. I liked it well enough.

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Intense, visceral, rocks surprisingly hard. Fave Songs: Rid of Me, Missed, 50ft Queenie, Dry, Ecstasy, Man-Size Sextet

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Steve Albini has his fingerprints all over this. I love the quiet / loud change in tempo that runs throughout. There's also a proper band sound, rather than session musicians filling in the gaps. Polly had a complete disregard for fashion and trends of the time. This is most definitely not an early frontrunner to spark the Britpop scene. 50ft Queenie is immense in every sense. The sound captures the ambitions of the lyrics.

👍
Load more reviews