A Woman, A Man, Walked By - PJ Harvey & John Parish
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  • Summary: PJ Harvey and her producer John Parish team up again with a new album produced by Flood.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. In the wake of three questionable albums, shtick is a relief, not just because it's really great shtick but because after all these years we're happy to be clear about whether she's performing or expressing herself.
  2. It all hangs together brilliantly, suggesting the mutual understanding of two artists at the peak of their powers.
  3. Such a musical mind-meld, so expressive of both artists' perspective, is rare.
  4. Although it's as uncentred as 2004's "Uh Huh Her," this album broadcasts confidence rather than confusion.
  5. Her latest also finds her at her most gleefully deranged.
  6. Though A Woman a Man Walked By does have strong moments with longtime collaborator Parish, exercises in atonality like 'Pig Will Not' feel less womanly than regressively adolescent.
  7. A Woman A Man Walked By is a side project in the worst sense of the term; a slight diversion that's really for Harvey completists only. [Spring 2009, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. HannahM
    Apr 27, 2009
    10
    absolutely wonderfully fantastic
  2. gabrielg
    Apr 1, 2009
    9
    I love Polly!
  3. JaredJ
    Apr 13, 2009
    4
    "Black Hearted Love" is a high quality song. After that, it's just noise. I know these two have talent, but on this one, they were just "Black Hearted Love" is a high quality song. After that, it's just noise. I know these two have talent, but on this one, they were just trying to be weird. Expand