PJ Harvey - The Letter

Few who saw PJ Harvey during her tour that followed the release of her debut album, Dry, could have imagined that fourteen years or so later she'd be releasing albums with such a strong connection to her sexuality coursing through them.

Following the thrills of temptation and desire that made To Bring You My Love such a great album and the raw rock of Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea, The Letter is the lead single from PJ Harvey's forthcoming album, Uh Huh Her, and no matter the prickly guitar riff, this is as lusty a record as has been released in years.

As the lyrics raucously and tenderly reveal a seduction made through the writing of a letter - "Put the pen to the paper / Can you see the curve of my 'g'...good longing" - male and female backing vocals swoon to each other over the verses. Harvey's own guitar is the kind of loose rock'n'roll kept alive by Jon Spencer and, like the Blues Explosion, there's barely a bass to be heard, being all guitar and choppy rhythm.

And yet despite the comparisons, PJ Harvey remains unlike anyone else and whilst moments get close to Throwing Muses, The Birthday Party and Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey continues on her own road.

Overall

8

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 13:15:02

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