Entertainment Weekly (p.84) - "[I]t's PJ Harvey who serves up the meat of the CD. Her raw, blues-tinged tracks greedily indulge Faithfull's exquisitely tattered voice..." - Grade: B+Uncut (p.78) - Ranked #54 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[H]er best record since BROKEN ENGLISH."Magnet (p.96) - "[T]he real surprise is Faithfull's paring with Polly Harvey....Their collaborations have all her characteristic torment, but Faithfull gives them a new sense of gravitas, a world-weariness that sharpens her anger to a knife's edge."
Spin (p.78) - "[W]hen she interprets material that matches the drug-ravaged wreckage of her vocal chords, she kills..."Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "Her interpretations of songbook classics from the likes of Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, and Smokey Robinson are gratifyingly intimate and rough-hewn..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he shines on songs that seem more personal to her -- the languorous 'Black Coffee,' for instance, or the desperation of Morrissey's 'Dear God Please Help Me.'"Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Her burnished tones caress a panoramic variety of artists...while the music veers between starkly intimate to widescreen Bad Seeds-style blitz."Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's an extravagantly orchestrated set, but with Marc Ribot as lead guitarist and the Dirty Three's Jim White on drums, the playing remains off-kilter, to quite thrilling effect."
Q (9/91) - 3 Stars - Good - "..a fine compilation.."
Entertainment Weekly (10/25/96, p.116) - "...The just-clowning-around vibe gives the proceedings an unpretentious feel that nicely evokes the era's spirit. Upped a notch for historical resonance." - Rating: A-
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.53) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (6/10/93) - 3 Stars - Good - "...explore[s] the toxic consequences of intimacy with a lacerating explicitness reminiscent of Marianne Faithfull's BROKEN ENGLISH..."Spin (9/99, p.138) - Ranked #37 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (5/93, p.79) - Highly Recommended - "...plung[es] into the battle of the sexes with a saber that sharpens with each cut....the band's songs prove to be as surefooted on rocky terrain as on pop's rolling hills..."Q (12/99, p.76) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (1/94, p.87) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...about as exciting as three-piece rock music gets without actually being the Jimi Hendrix Experience..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.80) - Ranked #19 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...RID OF ME's `tough woman' scream attests that Harvey's lineage includes, but doesn't begin or end with, Patti Smith. Tough because the music likes it that way, woman because she was born one. This has everything to do with rock and roll...and nothing to do with some textbook treatise on womanhood..."Melody Maker (1/1/94, p.76) - Ranked #11 in Melody Maker's list of the `Albums Of The Year' for 1993 - "...Steve Albini captured her band in all its abrasive glory..."Musician (7/93, p.90) - "...Unlike DRY, which drew most of its strength from the uncluttered eloquence of Polly Harvey's songwriting, RID OF ME keeps its focus on the churning, Beefhartian clangor of her band..."Village Voice (3/1/94) - Ranked #3 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #19 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums".NME (Magazine) (12/25/93, p.66) - Ranked #15 in New Musical Express' list of `The Top 50 Albums Of 1993.'NME (Magazine) (4/23/93, p.29) - 8 - Excellent - "...RID OF ME rises from a whisper to a scream, over and over until you can hardly bear it anymore....Don't look now, Polly, but you're a WOMAN!..."
Q (12/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...tradition a-plenty with bell ringing, carroling, storytelling (veteran actor Burgess Meredith) as well as strong contemporary material..."Uncut (8/02, p.100) - 3 out of 5 - "...The Chieftains are a treasure and every home should have at least one of their albums..."Uncut (8/02, p.100) - 3 out of 5 - "...The Chieftains are a treasure and every home should have at least one of their albums..."