PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project (2016)
Normally I’d write a review – an actual review – of a brand new album first, then maybe add in a post to the Vinyl Countdown, but I love PJ Harvey and so I had to dash out and get the LP a.s.a.f.p and though I had a quick gasbag about it on the radio around the day it was released, I’ve yet to formulate the thoughts for a written review. I love this record though – a beauty, it’s music-as-journalism/journalism-as-music which makes a piece of music-journalism about it an even more daunting prospect, perhaps. No – it’s always easy to gush about PJ Harvey. She hasn’t really ever got it wrong so far. Nor does she repeat herself. So clever. She’s one of the greats in my book. A true fearless artist, and if we’re not losing far too many of them already this year we’re quickly losing the outlets for them, the understanding and appreciation of them and what it takes and what they’re doing and the chance to in any way foster such talent. She’s wonderful. And this record is terrific.
Sample Track: The Wheel
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