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hevusa 01.20.2011 09:48 AM


Originally Posted by Decayed Rhapsody
The first thing I thought was "Arcade Fire could very well have written the same song and I would detest it."

How do you figure it sounds like Arcade Fire?? Arcade Fire is a like a gay version of Bruce Springsteen.
I don't see it.

Genteel Death 01.20.2011 12:56 PM

Tried to like the songs I've heard. Somehow I found them irritating, including the movement of her mouth on those videos. I think she's tackling the subject in a redundant manner that would please tourists or something.

Derek 01.20.2011 01:04 PM

a gay version of bruce springsteen?

hevusa 01.20.2011 01:25 PM


Originally Posted by Derek
a gay version of bruce springsteen?

It seems like Arcade Fire has fooled almost everyone under 30. they are just a modern, artsy version of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

But I guess that could work for some people. I just don't care for Bruce's music much I guess. I do, however, like modern, artsy versions of Sonic Youth (blonde redhead, mogwai, etc).

knox 01.20.2011 01:42 PM


Originally Posted by Decayed Rhapsody
There's a vid of her playing Last Living Rose last year with an Airliner guitar live and it sounds way better than the studio version. The Glorious Land is sort of corny, and The Words That Maketh Murder, despite being catchy as fuck, gets a bit taxing with that "United Nations" line (even if it is an Eddie Cochran rip). The first thing I thought was "Arcade Fire could very well have written the same song and I would detest it." So I gotta be honest, I'm not always down for the aesthetic she's going for with this and I was worried she was turning into a dreadful Joanna Newsom lite, or entering her own "Nocturama" doldrums, or fancying herself a woodland nymph comely faerie queen on this album, BUT:

After hearing clips of the entire record, I have to say... Damn, these are her most memorable melodies since Is This Desire. I am always partial to roaring 4-Track Demos rage, but On Battleship Hill is exquisite. She sounds like a siren and at her most English. All these hack writers mythologize about her traipsing around Dorset cliffs like some Victorian spinster and this is the first time that image is really evoked. Fuck you, Bat for Lashes. I love All & Everyone and England, at least from what I can glean. The vaguely political lyrics aren't really important. The songs hint at being very strong and somewhat traditional without sounding too safe. Fuck you, Bat for Lashes. All the bluesey American-isms are gone and she's come full circle, I think. One of the few rock artists who has evolved without making too many glaring missteps. Most of my friends lost interest after To Bring You My Love, but fuck em, if I was actively creating music I'd probably get bored of noisy rock after a while too.

Listen here: iliation&utm_campaign=cat_general_musicstory

Click 'ecouter les extraits.'

I still hope she busts out some of the early rockers on tour like she did in 2007. When I saw her she was playing solo - guitar, piano, autoharp, synth. That show remains one of the live highlights of my life.

I can't help but thinking how wonderful "to bring you my love" "is this desire" "rid of me" and "dry" were. From "uh huh her" onwards I felt I couldn't relate so much, as if there was something missing, or maybe I'm being bias because I love those previous albums so much. Not to say they aren't good albums, they all are but I just wasn't that fascinated.

Except for her last album with Parish "a woman a man walked by" which to me sounds a million times better than any of her last songs.

Saw them in London last April and it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to.

Mortte Jousimo 01.21.2011 07:57 AM

I love her all albums but I think she´s golden period started with "To Bring you my love" and it has continued since then!

knox 01.21.2011 09:01 AM

I never managed to listen to "uh huh her" or "white chalk" from start to finish.

keep poppin pimples 01.21.2011 03:14 PM

white chalk is one of the best imo

krastian 01.26.2011 02:42 PM

Yeah, I loved White Chalk....I love all her stuff though.

Mortte Jousimo 01.27.2011 02:45 AM


Originally Posted by knox
I never managed to listen to "uh huh her" or "white chalk" from start to finish.

I love both albums very very much!

Torn Curtain 01.27.2011 08:33 AM

"Uh huh her" has really grown on me (at the beginning I didn't like it very much apart from 3 or 4 songs), on the other hand "White chalk" bores me.

bloodcrystallisetosand 01.27.2011 07:57 PM

4-Track Demos is like the sex I always wanted but have never been able to have.

hipster_bebop_junkie 01.29.2011 01:47 PM

On Dazed Digital's January playlist you can hear the studio version of PJ Harvey's song, "Let England Shake".


Also, there's a 5 track sample of the album in this blog:

hipster_bebop_junkie 01.31.2011 11:15 AM

PJ Harvey video interview with the NME:

SuperCreep 02.07.2011 11:23 AM

new album is streaming on NPR now:

SONIC GAIL 02.07.2011 11:33 AM

thanx for the link i will listen:)

SONIC GAIL 02.07.2011 11:38 AM

Damn better than I had expected

Decayed Rhapsody 02.07.2011 12:46 PM

On Battleship Hill could be in a film. Maybe the rest of this will grow on me. I like All and Everyone and England as well.

krastian 02.07.2011 03:41 PM


Originally Posted by SuperCreep

Thanks for the link!

SonicBebs 02.07.2011 03:48 PM

love her to bits.

but i only just realised that White Chalk was a reference to the Dover/South Coast cliffs and not white chalk lines around a dead body....

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