Tulip Frenzy’s #2 Best Album of 2011: PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake”

It’s been a long time since PJ Harvey produced a record that vied for Album Of The Year honors.  We thought that 2000’s Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea, was so good we would have named it Album of The Decade, if only we could have figured out which decade it belonged to, the 1990s, or the Aughts.  No question that Let England Shake was a record for the ages, an angry, beautiful meditation on Albion’s wars, proving artists have long memories of their nation’s psychic wounds.  A rare blot on Sasha Frere-Jones’ workbook, for his early review prepared us for the worst, though maybe it was all the sweeter when we were stunned to find that Let England Shake wasn’t just a fine record, it thoroughly revived our faith in Harvey.  Released around the same time as Adam Hochschild’s brilliant book To End All Wars, we will never think about World War One the same way again.  Yeah, a rock album did that.  Hint: the NPR podcast of her performance of it in San Francisco earlier this year is in some ways even better than the album release.

One Response to “Tulip Frenzy’s #2 Best Album of 2011: PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake””

  1. […] shook England, as PJ Harvey takes Best Album of The Year prizes home from both Uncut and NME.  We couldn’t be happier, though truth be told we had Radiohead one notch higher. Share this:EmailFacebookLike this:LikeBe […]

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