PJ Harvey - Biography November 2010
The Last Living Rose
To record their new album "Let England Shake", PJ Harvey was looking for a very special place: There they verschlug in the county of Dorset in southwest England. In fact, it was a church from the 19th century, from whose top you can overviews the sea, where she worked on the plate together with many other great musicians. Also on board were the longtime companions Flood, John Parrish and Mick Harvey. "Let England Shake" is the eighth PJ Harvey album, the successor of the highly acclaimed 2007 work "White Calk" and the Shared Album "A Woman A man Walked By" Harvey / Parish.
The first are the facts. But the truly remarkable thing about "Let England Shake" depends inevitably along with the music, the atmosphere, and in particular with the language used. The last work PJ Harvey reflected directly emotional, inner experiences, but on this album there are other things in the foreground. The songs deal with both their home country, as well as with other, more distant events.
The large and heavy subject of war will be taken up again in the texts. It discusses the fear of soldiers and sings about events that affect various generations: the current war in Afghanistan until the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. The album does not try to be a protest album, it is also not the policy kritisierendes manifesto.
PJ Harvey's ability to create a unique mystical atmosphere is again impressive. But it is above all their texts that achieve a new, breathtaking quality and represent the human side of the story to the fore. Short: Not many people take on boards like these.
"I have looked around a lot more outside of my personality," she told Andrew Marr in the BBC program. "I think my previous artistic work was marked by emotional things that happen in a. And this time I just looked out. The album looks not only in England around, but keeps an eye on the world and current conflicts. I watch and will tell you about these things always from a human perspective. I'm not the right person to sing a political statement. I sing as a human being, the policy as any other terms something and is affected by it. That to me is a better approach than the classical protest music. "
The album starts right with the title song and the words: "The West's asleep. Let England shake / weighted down with silentdead. "Some arrangements and melodies of the album remind traditional music of past centuries, at the same time they also control in a new direction. to determine a clear influence, is almost impossible. The texts indicate England's time of post-imperialism, which was marked by the thought of all those unfortunate soldiers who had to go to the front. Such issues are addressed in the song "The Words That Maketh Murder", "All And Everyone" and "Hanging In The Wire" again. But there is much more - this brilliant poetic image of England: An old country with a long and eventful history, the part of the hearts and minds of all who live in England. One of the songs is simply called "England" and illustrates this point: "I live and die / through England. / It leaves / sadness. / It leaves a taste, / a bitter one. "
"Let England Shake" evokes the troubled and distressed spirit of 2010, but it also reminds us of times and places, which are anchored in our collective memory. The music sounds impressive vigorously and has internalized this emotional power. Almost two decades after their first plate PJ Harvey proves once again that she refuses to stand still. Your creative self-confidence is rightly at the peak. One does not goes in danger of being a lie about Executes when claiming: So an album you have never heard before.
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