Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Performers PJ Harvey

Island | October 24, 2000 | Compact Disc

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Long missed by her fans, PJ Harvey finally returns to the fray with her first release since 1998's Is This Desire? Her sixth album, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea presents 12 of Polly Jean's own self-written stories inspired both by New York City and the rural area of Dorset. With Radiohead's Thom Yorke singing with her on the duet "This Mess We're In" and infusing some of the other tracks with his characteristic warble, Harvey's own grainy growl finds a complement. Compliments aren't necessary, however, for this artist who's made her name with a repertoire of songs running the gamut from outright rage to the soft, soothing croon of her gentlest touch.        

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 24, 2000

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Island

UPC: 731454814423

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Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Performers PJ Harvey

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 24, 2000

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Island

UPC: 731454814423


Title Track Time
1.Big Exit --
2.Good Fortune --
3.A Place Called Home --
4.One Line --
5.Beautiful Feeling --
6.The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore --
7.The Mess We're in --
8.You Said Something --
9.Kamikaze --
10.This is Love --
11.Horses in My Dreams --
12.We Float --

Editorial Notes

Full title: Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
Personnel: P.J. Harvey (vocals, guitar, E-bow, piano, keyboards, bass, djembe, maracas); Thom York (vocals, keyboards); Mick Harvey (accordion, harmonium, organ, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, background vocals); Rob Ellis (acoustic & electric pianos, harpsichord, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, bells, tambourine, background vocals).
Producers: PJ Harvey, Rob Ellis, Mick Harvey.
STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. "This Is Love" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Polly Harvey in a mellow mood? Actually, sort of. While her trademark feminist angst is still largely in place here, by and large the music is less confrontational than in days of yore. Several of the tracks--"Good Fortune," "A Place Called Home," "One Line"--verge on pop; in fact, they could pass for slightly more abstract Pretenders songs ("You Said Something" really does sound like Chrissie Hynde singing a mutant country tune).
Given its title, it's not much of a surprise that "The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore," manages to work up a convincingly atonal guitar racket, but otherwise the only song that really captures Harvey's trademark Captain Beefheart-like fury is (again, unsurprisingly, given its title) "Kamikaze." Other highlights include "Big Evil," which centers around a biting neo-psychedelic riff (sort of "Paperback Writer" gone dissonant), the hypnotically pretty "This Mess We're In," a sort of early Cure pastiche done as a duet with Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and the concluding "We Float," a piano-driven ode to making peace with your failures that Harvey sings with a sweetness that's almost inspirational.
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