Chosen by Spud

INTRO (from Wiki)

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey, released on 23 October 2000 by Island Records. Recorded during March to April 2000, it contains themes of love that are tied into Harvey’s affection for New York City.



Sol – “I had never listened to her but thought I’d recognize a song or two but didn’t know one of them. Enjoyed the album as a whole, found it to be a good bus to work listening album. She’d be very similar to a lot of what my missus listens to; Sheryl Crow, Dolores O’Riordan, Tori Amos, etc.
Really liked This Mess We’re In – their two voices work really well together. Although I enjoyed the slower melodic songs like We Float and Horses In My Dreams, I would have preferred if there was less of them and replaced with the likes of Kamikaze or The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore.
I’d be interested to give her other albums a listen to.”

Mick – “I don’t dislike anything PJ Harvey has done – I think she is just right up my alley musically. I didn’t know this album but glad it went up for sure.
Think more than a few for me stood out. A Place Called Home has a very catchy rhythm throughout, kinda reminded me of Zero 7. One Line is a lovely subtle builder of a tune. Beatuiful Feeling has some lovely harmonies in it.
Kamikaze is a whopper, along with the second half of This Wicked Tongue (hidden track). Really liked This Mess We’re In, probably as much Thom Yorke as it could easily be a Radiohead song.
Think my favoutites were Big Exit – the definition of a PJ Harvey sound for me and The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore is a belter.
As you can probably tell I loved this album, great shout Spud!”

Molly – “I’ve always thought PJ Harvey was a male rapper! Never heard any of her stuff before so went in blind. She sounds like Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders. Well impressed with it. Funny when you are expecting one thing and you get hit with something else it sounds more impressive!
Big Exit is a great opening track. Thom Yorke was another surprise on This Mess We’re In. Best track for me is Kamikaze. Great guitar and drums all the way through.”

E.P. – “I agree with the others. Kamikaze is definitely the best track. Liked the opener too, Big Exit. Was better than I thought it would be.”

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  • This Mess We’re In
  • Kamikaze


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