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PJ Harvey’s West Side Story Redux

PJ Harvey’s West Side Story Redux

Walked today in the heat, under the rumbling thunder, and listened to music, hoping I could beat the rain. PJ Harvey sang into my ears and I thought about some of the melodies that may have sparked her own, especially the one in the video below. My favorite PJ Harvey album, which I dove into a bit in in this post from 2009, is her Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000). Every song works, shows grit, unique…

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Elegant, Passionate Witchery

Elegant, Passionate Witchery

Kate Bush’s first album came out when she was just 20 years old, in 1978. She had been “discovered” prior to that by David Gilmour, of Pink Floyd fame. I imagine it wasn’t that difficult to notice how unusual she was, how eccentric, cerebral, gifted, and glowingly strange. Many of my favorite female singer/songwriters from the 90s were influenced a great deal by her. Milla Jovovich, Tori Amos, and P.J. Harvey, especially. And she was quite the buzz in the…

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Polly Jean, Punk Noir Princess

Polly Jean, Punk Noir Princess

If you’re a great artist, you’re going to be misunderstood. That’s all but guaranteed. Much depends, though, on the degree of your own complicity, your own attempts to evolve, wear masks, repudiate old passions and personnas. Much depends upon how often you “put on” others and then take those put-ons back. Few musicians have undergone as many incarnations, in so short a time span, as Polly Jean Harvey, better known as PJ. She’s been a vamp, a tramp, a chanteuse,…

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