It was a little after 6 as the sun began to sink here just outside of the city. With the window open and a warm air slipping past, I tried to find what would have been the perfect sealer for this already opportune mood. Unfortunately as I listened to the rest of PJ Harvey’s new tracks I received absolutely no aid in my venture towards that pleasant state…
I tend to never completely downplay an album on the effort(s) alone that it took the artist to create it, However, this album sounds like it was made… not created, and in my opinion is unable to compete with the bulk of female leads who currently hail from America, not England.
With the likes of Victoria Legrand and Jenn Wasner, along with a handful of others currently laying down furious amounts of newness, I would feel bad for anyone trying to squeeze into the cracks of such a weighty scene, but given PJH‘s posterity (or so it was somewhat thought to be), I expected a somewhat seamless transition into their usual space, perhaps not directly into the same levels as the girl’s currently state side, but at least into a pocket of her (their) own making.
The last living rose resembled so clearly a track from Gorillaz that I am surprised that they dared put their own title to it. The colour of earth strikes out as the best song because it had him and not her taking the lead on vocals (the singular change up on the record ) Hanging on the wire features an instrumental that could have been very chill if left alone without any vocals, perhaps Girl Talk could sample it for a back line for some type of soft afternoon trance melody On battle ship hill for a moment sounds cool with its rust like strum and initial break down but soon turns useless and suddenly nothing lasting is really conjured up. The glorious land – I can’t believe that they actually tried to resemble a battle scene (or lack thereof) with the horns, not because it couldn’t have worked, but because it was so poorly mashed in. The effect was dismal and seemed to lack any real emotional discharge.
Bottom line, with so much good music from emerging artists and artists who are proving that they wish to remain important and vital by pushing ahead with big follow ups, this album sounds lazy and very second rate. I highly recommend a listen to any who might want to see for themselves just how little effort was put into the making of this, at least from a listener’s point of view.