PJ Harvey

Album Title: Uh Huh Her
Release Date: June 8, 2004
Genre: Rock
'Uh Huh Her' is nowhere near as upbeat as 'Stories From The City Stories From The Sea', but that's the point, isn't it? Even though she won the Mercury Prize for her last album, PJ Harvey is by no means trying to recreate that landmark record. In fact, 'Uh Huh Her' seems much more like a return to the sound of Harvey's debut 'Dry'.

After seven albums it's obvious that Polly Jean knows how to make a record. 'Uh Huh Her' is dark and lurking, with most tracks prominently featuring bass alongside lyrics that mock love ("I don't need no ball and chainÖshame is the shadow of love"). Although the loud, angry songs are great, it's the quieter ones that standout on the album. 'The Slow Drug' in particular, demands your attention. The haunting vocals are barely above a whisper, layered on top of a single repeating note; perfection.

You know how it's impossible to fully appreciate something until it's gone? Well that's the case with Harvey and the four years her distinctive style has been absent. Although 'Uh Huh Her' isn't particularly groundbreaking or exciting (by Harvey's standards at least), what it does do is prove just how vital PJ Harvey is to music. Long live the queen.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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