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Corscombe, Dorset, England (1991 – 1995, 1993 – present)

PJ Harvey is an abbreviation of Polly Jean Harvey (b. 9 Oct 1969 in Yeovil and raised in nearby Corscombe, Dorset, England) and a name of two acts. First was a Harvey-led trio, formed in 1991 with Rob Ellis (drums) and Steve Vaughan (bass), which débuted with Dry (Mar 1992). Overlapping with the trio, Harvey reused the name for solo work, inaugurated by 4-Track Demos (Oct 1993). The trio broke up in 1995 and Harvey continued solo - her latest album is Let England Shake (Feb 2011).

The trio’s material on Dry and Rid of Me was praised by critics for its raw, guitar-driven sound and sharp-witted, melancholic lyrics. After the trio broke up, in 1995, Harvey released To Bring You My Love, a blues-heavy album that expanded the range of her sound through the incorporation of strings, organs, and electronic sound effects. Her stage show became more theatrical, with Harvey performing in ballgowns, pink catsuits, wigs and garish, vampish make-up. Never one to rest, she followed this album with the softer, more experimental Is This Desire?, released in 1998, and then Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, released in 2000, which combined her more guitar-driven work with cleaner, lusher arrangements. Stories won her the 2001 Mercury Prize.

In 2004 she released Uh Huh Her, a return to her earlier, rawer sound. Uh Huh Her was met with a somewhat mixed response; while some critics welcomed Harvey’s re-exploration of her previous styles, others felt that the album was something of a rehash.


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  • Jeremmy27

    I'm so ready for the new album! And very curious about what sound direction she decided to go.

    Yesterday 1:40pm Reply
  • clowezra

    I'm on and off with a lot of her work, but Is This Desire? is stellar

    10 May 12:18pm Reply
  • tekbasinaadam

    Is it too wrong to pray for Rid of Me part II ?

    9 May 6:35pm Reply
  • deadgrandma

    So what's going on with the new album? Haven't heard anything for a while

    7 May 4:06am Reply
  • frohn_jusciante

    Полли единственная из тотемных рокстар, у кого нет ни одного слабого альбома.

    12 Apr 10:52pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    НА мой взгляд, как раз в в последний альбом и нужно расслушивать, он несколько сложнее, чем предыдущие. А вот Stories from the City западает сразу )

    9 Apr 11:47am Reply
  • pocket-knife

    @nakos26 1991-1995 as band 1993-present day as Polly Jean Harvey

    7 Apr 8:30pm Reply
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  • Fizrug

    I was very surprised when I saw "Down by the Water" is almost the most popular PJ's song here.

    7 Apr 3:05pm Reply
  • Fizrug

    ну нет, это только по-началу let england shake может показаться лучше, потом когда вслушаешься, то первенство однозначно за stories, но на вкус и цвет как говорится)

    7 Apr 3:04pm Reply
  • nakos26

    1991-1995 1993-present day?!?WTF

    4 Apr 3:17pm Reply
  • pechorkinname

    Да что там Stories from the City..., вот Let England Shake, это не альбом, а альбомище!!!. Однозначно лучшее у нее.

    1 Apr 5:28pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Слушаю Пи Джей недавно, но уже очень впечатлился альбомом Stories from the City, недаром его считают одним из шедевров "женского" рока.

    30 Mar 7:02pm Reply
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  • deadgrandma

    @cmufinayn: she was on a heavy dose of inspiration

    23 Mar 1:06am Reply
  • Radioheart0706

    Let England Shake is the album of the decade

    22 Mar 12:15pm Reply
  • cmufinayn

    She's a great musician, but she makes you wonder; What the hell she was on while writing these lyrics?

    17 Mar 8:20pm Reply
  • itsnightmareboy

    1 Mar 11:15pm Reply
  • yinxianghecheng

    To Bring You My Love is 20 years old today! Wow.

    27 Feb 6:42pm Reply
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