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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.'145.3841

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Rolling Stone (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] 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."Q (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Shunning the guitar in favour of gauzy piano and smudged vocals, Harvey sounds like she's channelling through a Victorian medium..."Uncut (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "An album of lonely beauty and piercing sorrow, WHITE CHALK is PJ Harvey back at the peak of her considerable powers."The Wire (p.60) - "Harvey's new strategy has been successful....It's certainly her most haunting work."The Wire (p.35) - Included in The Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2007".Q (Magazine) (p.80) - Ranked #24 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "Harvey produced an album of such unsettling intimacy that it dares you to play it alone in the dark."116.4223

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Rolling Stone (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] 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."Q (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Shunning the guitar in favour of gauzy piano and smudged vocals, Harvey sounds like she's channelling through a Victorian medium..."Uncut (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "An album of lonely beauty and piercing sorrow, WHITE CHALK is PJ Harvey back at the peak of her considerable powers."The Wire (p.60) - "Harvey's new strategy has been successful....It's certainly her most haunting work."The Wire (p.35) - Included in The Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2007".Q (Magazine) (p.80) - Ranked #24 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "Harvey produced an album of such unsettling intimacy that it dares you to play it alone in the dark."116.4223

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Clash (magazine) - "Most striking of all is the sparse dream-folk of `Bathed In Light', which sounds like the piercing intimacy of `Is This Desire?'-period PJ Harvey being covered by Mazzy Star."0.8055369

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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."0.4603068

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a very British record, drawing on a tradition of iconoclastic U.K pop that stretches from Kate Bush and Siouxsie and the Banshees to PJ Harvey."Spin (p.67) - "[Welch is] a bloodied, bloodying songbird in a gilded cage of immaculately crafted, slow-burn, chest-beating empowerment anthems, gripping steel bars that her elegantly volcanic voice could shred at any moment."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[A] confident, unflinching tour de force....CEREMONIALS genuinely rocks..." -- Grade: A0.4603068

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Spin (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On this superb seven-song mini LP, Powell's chirpy but raw-edged voice and roiling guitar call to mind PJ Harvey's finest moments..."Uncut (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his marries gut-tensing riffs with throwaway melodrama, the lyrics, always captivating."CMJ (p.4) - "[T]he Ontario trio achieves that loose, playful, post-punk groove that walks the line between Fugazi and Pinback."0.4603068

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Rolling Stone (5/15/03, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The Kills are on intimate terms with betrayal and decay, and they make dark, kick-ass garage rock out of it..."Magnet (4/03, p.95) - "...'Superstition' and 'Pull A U' recall PJ Harvey's rawer moments, that sense of enraged detachment smashing a cool front..."CMJ (04/07/03, p.8) - "...No brotherly love and puppy dogs here....Simple, repetitive guitar riffs and vocals that are spit as often as they are sung..."Mojo (Publisher) (01/01/04, p.58) - Ranked #23 in Mojo's "The Best of 2003"Mojo (Publisher) (5/03, p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A record of substance, one that stands head and shoulders above today's garage bashers. Bruised and psychotic, it's a testament to the unstoppability and violence of human desire..."0.4027685

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Rolling Stone (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "At her best, she takes PJ Harvey and Nick Drake back to their primordial folk roots..."Spin (pp.90-91) - "Her stormy folk songs are primal and dark, crammed with ancient mythology..."Q (Magazine) (p.131) - "With the Mumfords as her backing band, it is bruised, reflective, accusatory and defiant."Paste (magazine) (p.72) - "[A] gorgeous, melancholy, old-souled record....Malring avoids both precocity and self-seriousness..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[L]ike Fairport Convention or Nick Cave or Cat Power, she uses folk as an archetypal form to get at the essential realities of love, sex, heartbreak, and death."Clash (magazine) - "Her second album is an enchanting collection of beautifully raw songs....A more laid-back affair than her debut."Uncut (magazine) - "She starts off promisingly on 'Devil's Spoke, ' sounding unusually fervent....Second track, 'Made By Maid' is equally fine..."0.4027685

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Rolling Stone (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "At her best, she takes PJ Harvey and Nick Drake back to their primordial folk roots..."Spin (pp.90-91) - "Her stormy folk songs are primal and dark, crammed with ancient mythology..."Q (Magazine) (p.131) - "With the Mumfords as her backing band, it is bruised, reflective, accusatory and defiant."Paste (magazine) (p.72) - "[A] gorgeous, melancholy, old-souled record....Malring avoids both precocity and self-seriousness..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[L]ike Fairport Convention or Nick Cave or Cat Power, she uses folk as an archetypal form to get at the essential realities of love, sex, heartbreak, and death."Clash (magazine) - "Her second album is an enchanting collection of beautifully raw songs....A more laid-back affair than her debut."Uncut (magazine) - "She starts off promisingly on 'Devil's Spoke, ' sounding unusually fervent....Second track, 'Made By Maid' is equally fine..."0.4027685

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Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 26 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"Rolling Stone (10/14/93) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...LAST SPLASH gives the impression that the band eschews practice. The fuzzy and lopsided sounds are....the raw progeny of an unabashed, unconventional creativity....LAST SPLASH will make you hope this isn't the Breeders' last plunge...."Spin (9/99, p.138) - Ranked #39 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (9/93, p.115) - Highly Recommended - "...The Breeders' second album spins out as a litany of summer--or, rather, a summer of rock'n'roll....like PJ Harvey's RID OF ME, LAST SPLASH claims the spotlight--the sun--and has no trouble commanding the stage..."Entertainment Weekly (8/27/93-9/3/93, p.112) - "...[The Breeders] continue to subvert the classic girl-group melodies of the past with raw guitar miracles of the future..." - Rating: A-Melody Maker (1/1/94, p.76) - Ranked #12 in Melody Maker's list of the `Albums Of The Year' for 1993 - "...it's addictive, joyous and sexy as sin...."Village Voice (3/1/94, p.5) - Ranked #4 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/25/93, p.67) - Ranked #36 in New Musical Express' list of `The Top 50 LPs Of 1993' - "...a fascinating collection of styles....an intoxicating mixture of light and shade..."0.2876918

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a very British record, drawing on a tradition of iconoclastic U.K pop that stretches from Kate Bush and Siouxsie and the Banshees to PJ Harvey."Rolling Stone (p.71) - Ranked #27 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[With] choirs and string players backing a voice that soars so high, it makes them seem like ants on the ground below."Spin (p.67) - "[Welch is] a bloodied, bloodying songbird in a gilded cage of immaculately crafted, slow-burn, chest-beating empowerment anthems, gripping steel bars that her elegantly volcanic voice could shred at any moment."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[A] confident, unflinching tour de force....CEREMONIALS genuinely rocks..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly (p.100) - Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Top 10 Albums Of 2011' -- "A big believer in Red Sea-parting melodrama, she's got the orchestral grandeur to pull it off."Magnet (p.55) - "There's a marked '80s quality to the production that invigorates the music and nudges it into a meatier realm."Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "CEREMONIALS is quite some achievement: an accomplished pop record infused with intelligence and imagination."0.2876918

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a very British record, drawing on a tradition of iconoclastic U.K pop that stretches from Kate Bush and Siouxsie and the Banshees to PJ Harvey."Rolling Stone (p.71) - Ranked #27 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[With] choirs and string players backing a voice that soars so high, it makes them seem like ants on the ground below."Spin (p.67) - "[Welch is] a bloodied, bloodying songbird in a gilded cage of immaculately crafted, slow-burn, chest-beating empowerment anthems, gripping steel bars that her elegantly volcanic voice could shred at any moment."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[A] confident, unflinching tour de force....CEREMONIALS genuinely rocks..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly (p.100) - Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Top 10 Albums Of 2011' -- "A big believer in Red Sea-parting melodrama, she's got the orchestral grandeur to pull it off."Magnet (p.55) - "There's a marked '80s quality to the production that invigorates the music and nudges it into a meatier realm."Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "CEREMONIALS is quite some achievement: an accomplished pop record infused with intelligence and imagination."0.2876918

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a very British record, drawing on a tradition of iconoclastic U.K pop that stretches from Kate Bush and Siouxsie and the Banshees to PJ Harvey."Rolling Stone (p.71) - Ranked #27 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[With] choirs and string players backing a voice that soars so high, it makes them seem like ants on the ground below."Spin (p.67) - "[Welch is] a bloodied, bloodying songbird in a gilded cage of immaculately crafted, slow-burn, chest-beating empowerment anthems, gripping steel bars that her elegantly volcanic voice could shred at any moment."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[A] confident, unflinching tour de force....CEREMONIALS genuinely rocks..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly (p.100) - Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Top 10 Albums Of 2011' -- "A big believer in Red Sea-parting melodrama, she's got the orchestral grandeur to pull it off."Magnet (p.55) - "There's a marked '80s quality to the production that invigorates the music and nudges it into a meatier realm."Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "CEREMONIALS is quite some achievement: an accomplished pop record infused with intelligence and imagination."0.2876918

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a very British record, drawing on a tradition of iconoclastic U.K pop that stretches from Kate Bush and Siouxsie and the Banshees to PJ Harvey."Rolling Stone (p.71) - Ranked #27 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[With] choirs and string players backing a voice that soars so high, it makes them seem like ants on the ground below."Spin (p.67) - "[Welch is] a bloodied, bloodying songbird in a gilded cage of immaculately crafted, slow-burn, chest-beating empowerment anthems, gripping steel bars that her elegantly volcanic voice could shred at any moment."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[A] confident, unflinching tour de force....CEREMONIALS genuinely rocks..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly (p.100) - Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Top 10 Albums Of 2011' -- "A big believer in Red Sea-parting melodrama, she's got the orchestral grandeur to pull it off."Magnet (p.55) - "There's a marked '80s quality to the production that invigorates the music and nudges it into a meatier realm."Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "CEREMONIALS is quite some achievement: an accomplished pop record infused with intelligence and imagination."0.2876918

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Entertainment Weekly (7/11/97, p.68) - "...A stellar guest list...pays respect to the songs and spirit of the man. Ptacek greases up the tracks with his eloquent bottleneck guitar, a unique sound suggesting Delta music gone to the hinterlands and back." - Rating: A-Musician (10/97, p.90) - "...[Ptacek is] a canny writer of brooding, late-night tunes that ponder human fallibility with wry bemusement....THE INNER FLAME offers tantalizing glimpses of Rainer Ptacek..."0.2454947

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Rolling Stone (p.60) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The sound is muted guitar/organ balladry, heavy on melody but never rocking out, channeling her voice through different electronic filters for that extra touch of spooky alienation."Rolling Stone (p.74) - Ranked #47 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "There's a punk sense of horror in low-key death-folk ballads like 'The Last Living Rose'..."Spin (p.73) - "Slack, virile, and fantastically rhythmic, LET ENGLAND SHAKE is a glorious uncoiling....Musically, the record is stompy and melodic."Spin (p.59) - Ranked #2 in Spin's 'The Top 40 Albums Of 2011' -- "PJ Harvey's voice is so heroically strong, the rustic arrangements so bracingly irreducible that LET ENGLAND SHAKE's brutal vision becomes beautiful and redemptive."Entertainment Weekly (p.83) - "[H]er loosest, most eclectic effort in ages....It's a hoedown for the end of civilization." -- Grade: AMagnet (p.43) - Ranked #5 in Magnet's '20 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "LET ENGLAND SHAKE is easily Harvey's most accessible record since 2000's STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA and, conceptually, one of her best."Billboard (p.32) - "The standout moment, among many, is the warbling track 'Written on the Forehead' with a heavily processed psychedelic swirl dovetailing seamlessly with Niney the Observer's reggae classic 'Blood and Fire.'"Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Of all her many guises -- doomed blues siren; righteous rock vixen; tormented Victorian ghost -- this may be her most powerful....It turns out, more than ever, Polly Harvey was made for these times."Clash (magazine) - "Displaying the most vigorously strident songwriting of her career, its lush poetic folk is concurrently bold, barbed and muscular."Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here are some beautiful and strong moments on this album. The opening title track and 'Last Living Rose' are Polly at her unpretentious best..."Uncut (magazine) (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "LET ENGLAND SHAKE is the sound of someone as maddened as they are enthralled, aglow with anger and passion."Uncut (magazine) (p.35) - Ranked #1 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[W]ords and music that complemented one another beautifully; intelligence, emotional commitment, craftsmanship and creativity stitched together in auspicious fashion."0.2301534

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Rolling Stone (11/14/02, p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This inspired collection embraces whimsy and conveys wonderment..."Spin (2/03, p.102) - "...Give the producers their own radio station now..."0.2045789

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.80) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (1/25/96, p.41) - Ranked #3 in the 1996 Critics' Poll.Rolling Stone (6/15/95, p.83) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Trip-hop is the current label being given this music, but it's no more than a cute, reasonably accurate headline. At any given time, certain pop records--more than books or movies or whatever--strike a chord...as the sound of the beyond cool. Right now, Tricky's MAXINQUAYE is it..."Spin (9/99, p.125) - Ranked #14 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (12/95, p.62) - Ranked #2 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'Spin (6/95, p.99) - 8 - Very Good - "...Imagine the cracked-out vibe of vintage Schoolly D generated by a black British outcast who loves Billie Holiday and PJ Harvey as much as he digs sluggish beats and singsong melodies....Their attitude is mean-spirited, but much of the aggression is directed inward..."Entertainment Weekly (6/2/95, p.56) - "...R&B for the head, MAXINQUAYE is engrossing music collage art that bumps, grinds, and simmers....singer Martine's sly phrasing--is mind-bending..." - Rating: AQ (12/99, p.84) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (2/96, p.67) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.Q (6/00, p.75) - Ranked #36 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"Q (3/95, p.104) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Tricky proves himself to be more challenging and eclectic than his peers, leapfrogging from...thick tribal beats to...sub-metal thrash...amid the more typical ambient dub....a highly inventive and intoxicating collection."Option (7-8/95, p.141) - "...street beats and turntable scratching with guitars, dub bass, industrial noise and other elements....cool subdued music....This is among the best albums of the year..."Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Tied for #1 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year' - "...sounded like the apex of an epoch. Taking cues from...Massive Attack and Portishead, and blending them with more sinister hues borrowed from John Barry's Bond themes..."Musician (6/95, p.76) - "...It's not just `bottom end,' though there's plenty of bass rumbling through these dub-wise grooves, but the music's depth of field--the way the vocals, samples and keyboard parts arrange themselves into layers of foreground and background..."Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #2 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Q (Magazine) (p.132) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's an album of contradictions, at once restless an soothing, profane and profound....His experiments here still glow with mystery and magic."Mojo (Publisher) (p.57) - Ranked #77in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[I]t sounds like a greatest hits."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums of '95 - "...the first album-length masterpiece of trip-hop..."NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #1 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...foggy hip-hop track without a compass, a record where you never quite know what's going to happen next or where it's going to take you..."Clash (magazine) - "[A] dark, paranoid classic....Containing classics 'Overcome,' 'Ponderosa, 'Hell Is Round The Corner'..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MAXINQUAYE remains the British postmodern album of the 90s....'Brand New Retro' is the most driving thing here..."0.1726151

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