White Chalk

Universal Music Kft. Hungary
Release date
19 Dec 2011
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Devil 2:56 174,553
2 Dear Darkness 3:09 168,197
3 Grow Grow Grow 3:21 129,826
4 When Under Ether 2:22 166,494
5 White Chalk 3:06 161,166
6 Broken Harp 1:57 140,437
7 Silence 3:05 141,591
8 To Talk To You 4:00 114,797
9 The Piano 2:36 136,664
10 Before Departure 3:45 117,426
11 The Mountain 3:10 113,774

About this album

WHITE CHALK is as surprising a musical change of direction for Polly Jean Harvey as the bluesy, torchy TO BRING YOU MY LOVE was back in 1995 after the corrosive guitar fury of the English singer-songwriter’s first two albums. Indeed, WHITE CHALK may be PJ Harvey’s most unexpected work yet, as well as her most artistically accomplished. Putting down her signature guitar in favor of piano (an instrument she has never played on record before), Harvey has crafted a gloriously strange song cycle that owes much to the art rock likes of Kate Bush or Genesis-era Peter Gabriel. These 11 songs tell a fractured, loosely connected story that blends allegorical fantasy with some of the most intensely personal vocal performances of Harvey’s career. Highlights include the phantasmagorical “When Under Ether” and the near apocalyptically intense closer “The Mountain,” although WHITE CHALK is one of those albums that is best experienced as a whole.

Personnel: PJ Harvey (acoustic guitar); Martin Brunsden, Briget Pearse, Nick Bicât, Andrew Dickson (vocals); John Parish (acoustic guitar); Nico Brown (concertina); Eric Drew Feldman (keyboards); Jim White (drums).

Rolling Stone (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 — ” have a cold pastoral kind of chill, as Harvey howls about being possessed by demon lovers and ghosts in ‘The Devil’ and ‘The Piano.’”
Spin (pp.95-96) - 3.5 stars out of 5 — “Now, romantic desire’s dark and twisted side is Harvey’s main creative turf…Her vocals are downright pretty, sounding more like those of a traditional English singer than the raging punk Medusa of old.”

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  • xanti_j

    Прекрасный альбом. Удивительный и необычный. Полли снова доказала, что всё, за что она берётся, она делает изумительно. Тяжело быть перфекционистом, но результат того стоит... 10/10.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
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    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Andrew_STJ

    dark and beautiful :)

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Deardeadfriend

    Definitely not my favourite but the title track is INSANE.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rhcj

    i like this album alot dont like the dark.

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • little-bluebird

    Actually one of her best albums!

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Dustache

    Ah, I'm deeply in love with the bare, fragile arrangements and the harrowing, absolutely painful lyrics. Brilliance.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • dI-__-Ib

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  • flaviossz

    Perfect is the word. See you!

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • JosephCagdason

    i cant stop listening to this album. i don't want to stop though.

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • ijolism

    the only album of hers that fits my ears.

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LinusPojken

    Brilliant album! <3

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • InfatuationR

    it's like a victorian ghost stroy. amazing.

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • GrandeBorinka

    "This entire album is just. I can't even. It's so."

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • vacantwinterday

    Perfection. This will always be underrated because most people want to hear upbeat rock music, not piano-driven ballads about fear and loss. It's still her most accomplished album as a singer-songwriter, although LES is very close.

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Pejtrick

    love love

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
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  • phosgene

    sorry pj lovers, but this is truly horrifying

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • tonnyaranha

    My favorite, I love the melancholy of this album.

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
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