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Old 04-18-2016, 06:14 PM   #16
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One listen in, and found it enjoyable. Really need to give it another spin with headphones.

If there one disappointing thing, it's that PJ consistently made pretty big left turns between albums, whereas this seems cut from a very similar cloth as Let England Shake.
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I need to hear it. I wasn't excited at all about the songs that were released in advance of the album, unfortunately, but I'm re-interested now that so many here are liking it.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:48 PM   #18
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If there one disappointing thing, it's that PJ consistently made pretty big left turns between albums, whereas this seems cut from a very similar cloth as Let England Shake.
The first three albums strike me as progressions and I think we're seeing that here. Lyrically, at least, I think HSDP is a pretty big risk.

I'm hearing a major latter-day Tom Waits influence on the music of this album. It's a much uglier and more sonically crowded record than its predecessor and that suits the lyrics just fine.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:09 AM   #19
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It's very jaunty 80s protest rock in places, then in other places it's as grimy as fuck. The closing song is just a heartbreaker, musically.

I'd say there's a decent chance PJ Harvey pisses off a lot of people with the lyrics. There's no way it is unintentional, how it comes off.
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:44 AM   #20
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Well Let England Shake was the most impenetrable album I have ever listened to (along with I Am Very Far) so let's see how we go.

Edit: Community of Hope is a great start.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:57 AM   #21
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As far as albums go, I didn't have a lot of trouble with Let England Shake, but very unpopularly (if that is a word) I'll freely confess to never 'getting' To Bring You My Love despite once owning a copy of it. So not a diehard fan by any means.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:18 AM   #22
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I love everything she's done since Is This Desire? but her records before that don't do much for me. I haven't really given them much of a chance though, and think I'll change that today. Desire, Stories, White Chalk, England, and Hope Six are all masterpieces.



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Old 04-20-2016, 09:31 AM   #23
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Listened to the first 3/4 of the album yesterday and thought it was really good
I especially enjoy the rawness of some of the instrumentation in combination with her truly beautiful vocals.
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Listening to Rid of Me and while raw, tortured rock isn't my thing I'm really enjoying this.

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I like it, but lyrically it doesn't come close to Let England Shake for me.
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The Wheel is incredible. It and Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln are probably the closest the album actually gets to sounding like Let England Shake.
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What a great album. Really enjoying The Community of Hope, Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln, The Orange Monkey and The Wheel.
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This album hadn't connected with me much early on, but listening to a few tracks today while running through a depressed, semi-industrial part of Chicago really brought them into perspective. Damn.
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This new album got relatively short shrift from the reviewers, who imagine it to be a botched protest album, or something. Silly Polly. I'm not sure what they think is going on. In any case, I've found myself listening to it a lot.

It's not a protest album. It's an art album. It's also compulsively good music.
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