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Dry [PJ Harvey]
1. Oh My Lover
2. O Stella
5. Happy and Bleeding
9. Plants and Rags
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 555001
PJ Harvey: Polly Jean Harvey (vocals, guitar, violin); Stephen Vaughan (bass); Robert Ellis (drums, vocals, harmonium).
Additional personnel: Mike Paine (guitar); Chas Dickie (cello); Ian Olliver, Ben Groenevelt (bass).
Producers: Head, P.J. Harvey, Robert Ellis, Vernon.
Recorded at The Icehouse, Yeovil, England.
Personnel: PJ Harvey (vocals, guitar, violin); Rob Ellis (vocals, harmonium, drums); Mike Paine (guitar); Chas Dickie (cello); Ben Groenevelt (double bass).
Audio Mixer: Rob Ellis.
Recording information: Icehouse, Yeovil, Somerset, England.
As the first installment to the world of Polly Jean Harvey, DRY is a cautionary dip of the toe to test the temperature. DRY serves as an introduction to Harvey's fierce guitar--which at times recalls the front porches of the Delta--and highly visual lyrical angle that picks at the scabs of female iconography. And though it is the most modest of her initial three releases production-wise, Harvey's sheer talent makes DRY's mythical undercurrent hard to escape.
In "Sheela-Na-Gig" the narrator begs her lover for attention, but is answered with taunts of "you exhibitionist." According to Harvey, a Sheela-Na-Gig is a symbol of a woman ripping her reproductive organs out of her body...but laughing about it. On that song, and on the rest of the album, Harvey grabs on, and won't give up juxtaposing the nursery rhyme singsong of "gonna wash that man right out of my hair" with the contemptuous refrain, "put money in your idol hole." As the two sides duel it out--and the eerie classical overtones of Harvey's violin, and the aggressive guitar drenched in blues and rock textures mesh--DRY makes it clear that Harvey is a force to be reckoned with.
Spin (12/92, p.69) - Ranked #18 in Spin's list of the '20 Best Albums Of The Year' - "...Polly Harvey is a boundless talent, and DRY one of the debuts of the year..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/2/92, p.60) - "...A scorching portrait of the dark side of the female psyche....an uncomprising work of exhilarating, cauterizing beauty..." - Rating: A+
Q (1/93, p.73) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.
Alternative Press (7/01, p.96) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Women's Rock Albums" - "...Sexy, honest, smart and raw..."
Option (Sept.-Oct./92, p.109) - "...PJ Harvey seems to have placed a microphone right in front of her sternum and let her heart and soul spill direct to tape...the rawness of presentation emphasizes the emotional purity of her songs...stunning songs and unexpected power..."
Musician (10/92, p.106) - "...Polly Harvey pours more emotional power into her performances than any young songwriter since Throwing Muses' Kristin Hersh...[the songs] stick in your memory like glue..."
Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #4 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #71 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
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