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Let England Shake

PJ Harvey

Let England Shake

The veteran alt.rock songstress enhances the folk rock roots she laid down on 2009's White Chalk with bigger arrangements

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8.7

Label
Island
UK Release date
14/02/2011
US Release date
15/02/2011
  1. 10.0 |   Q

    The Empire might have crumbled, but Polly Harvey, on this form, is queen. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   NME

    It's tragic, it's beautiful and ... it's arguably her most brilliant record to date. Print edition only

  3. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    A richly inventive album that's unlike anything else in Harvey's back catalogue
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  4. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    Harvey sounds spellbound, portraying the subject matter in hand with a fervid spirit
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  5. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    It is note perfect, considered and distilled to its essential parts by a great and ambitious artist
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  6. 10.0 |   The Scotsman

    A superlative suite of songs addressing war and imperialism
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  7. 10.0 |   AU Magazine

    Polly Jean Harvey has delivered a flawless masterpiece. An utterly magnificent album
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  8. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An awe-inspiring, challenging album in all the best ways
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  9. 10.0 |   FasterLouder

    Let England Shake is as important an album anyone will make this year, maybe this decade
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  10. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Rather than unleashing the hellfire of her early work, Harvey hones rawness and righteousness into subtle weapons
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  11. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Another bold, confident release by an artist that continues to amaze and astonish us all
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  12. 9.0 |   music OMH

    A poignant declaration about the nature of war
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  13. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Harvey has delivered her finest, most beautiful and fully realized album since 2000's Stories From The City
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  14. 9.0 |   The Observer

    There is always a risk that an album full of war poetry might feel like a downer. But the payload of grief on Let England Shake is made infinitely more bearable by music that really shakes, too
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  15. 9.0 |   DIY

    It’s difficult to judge whether ‘Let England Shake’ is a perfect record because like much of Harvey’s work, it’s unlike anything we’ve really heard before
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  16. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    In a gloriously grey world where Kate Bush and The Velvet Underground meet on a windswept country hill, you’ll find this album. Stunning
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  17. 9.0 |   The Fly

    An album of startling beauty, sadness and foreboding, contorting the morose and brutal into rays of luminosity. Remarkable
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  18. 9.0 |   Blurt

    The key to Let England Shake is that you must think something when you walk away from it. It's her least passive listen
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  19. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A matchless musical world where Harvey reigns with autonomy
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  20. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    With Let England Shake she has shown that not only is she is her generation’s pre-eminent songwriter but, amazingly, that she is also still in her ascendancy
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  21. 9.0 |   Spin

    Sung with warmth, these tracks offer a welcome antidote to her more familiar performance mode - spectacular austerity. They're as bloody and forceful as the battles Harvey reference
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  22. 9.0 |   BBC

    Another fearsomely creative, emotional record to lead the resistance. God bless unique, unfathomable, great Queen Polly
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  23. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    2011 can’t be that bad if, just two months in, a reclusive 41-year-old woman gets to release her First World War-based masterpiece on a major label
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  24. 9.0 |   Bowlegs

    There is little doubt she has made one of the albums of her career. Simultaneously stunning and tragic
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  25. 9.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    It easily vacillates between gloomy aesthetics and raucous rhythms, creating the loosest sort of rock record that is not only venomous, but also subversive
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  26. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    Vivid portraits of war
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  27. 8.5 |   Prefix

    Less introspective than its predecessors -- looking out at the titular country and beyond
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  28. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Though an undoubtedly bleak record (particularly the daunting lyrics of 'All and Everyone'), the triumph of 'Let England Shake' is that it never feels miserable or depressing
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  29. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    It’s a tough listen, but is overwhelmingly and consistently gorgeous
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  30. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Brazenly navigates the treacherous terrain of her nation’s rich, and often violent, history
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  31. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There’s a sense of optimism but underneath that blanket, there’s an absence of forgiveness for our war crimes
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  32. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A record of often profound beauty that, typically, doesn’t take the easy route
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  33. 8.0 |   The Independent

    On what may be her best album, Polly Harvey offers a portrait of her homeland as a country built on bloodshed and battle
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  34. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The sound of someone as maddened as they are enthralled, aglow with anger and passion
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  35. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    One of Harvey’s more intricate and ambitious projects
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  36. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Of all her many guises this may be her most powerful. Print edition only

  37. 8.0 |   Clash

    Authoritatively potent, bitterly bleak and beautiful, this record is an unexpected but essential punch in the face
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  38. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    PJ Harvey wants us all to know that the world is not a very kind place. Her - mostly - lovely songs make it better
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  39. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    This isn't merely a historical period piece, and without labouring the album's resonances with present-day conflicts, that's exactly PJ's point. England never learns
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  40. 8.0 |   State

    While this may not be Harvey’s finest long player, it is certainly a work of substance, a record of our times and of England’s history
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  41. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    She's clearly interested in artful critique, not in proselytizing
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  42. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    A rewarding and staunchly uncompromising piece of art from a master songwriter who remains as relevant as ever
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  43. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The sound is muted guitar/organ balladry, heavy on melody but never rocking out
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