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  • Summary: Polly Jean Harvey takes a political approach on her latest album, as a singer-songwriter speaking on the casualties of war, the cruelty of life and the condition of being human.
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Let England Shake
The West's asleep. Let England shake, weighted down with silent dead. I fear our blood won't rise again. England's dancing days are done. Another... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 100
    This is the best album for 2011, and not just the last two months.
  2. 100
    Let England Shake is an album that only the Polly Harvey of today could have written.
  3. A dimly lit, lo-fi hybrid, Shake takes its cue from some of Harvey's most successful past works, but has its own uniquely brash textures.
  4. Feb 15, 2011
    85
    Harvey's singing delivers the material by juggling unwieldy emotions with care and empathy. And she makes the experience sound natural -- like a true no-brainer.
  5. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    This is war poetry at its finest and will keep you coming back for many repeat listens. Its influence on any listener, impressionable or otherwise, should be a positive one.
  6. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Authoritatively potent, bitterly bleak and beautiful, this record is an unexpected but essential punch in the face.
  7. Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Always an underrated guitarist, Harvey makes use of the jaunty rhythms of British folk music, but takes no comfort in the past. And you don't have to care about English history--or England in general--to fall under Harvey's spell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 43
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 43
  3. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A breathtaking beauty both in lyrics and music. Simplicity rules. Pete Doherty and Beck might have wished to clean her shoes. Me too. Even my dog seems to loose his regular interest in fresh veal... Jokes aside, just try it, will not get dissapointed. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    10
    I can't believe I'm about to shower praise on the inimitable queen Polly like some gushing schoolboy ONCE AGAIN! But what else is there toI can't believe I'm about to shower praise on the inimitable queen Polly like some gushing schoolboy ONCE AGAIN! But what else is there to say? She's done it again, and with gusto. Like her musical kin (at least I'll always pair the two) Nick Cave, PJ delivers beyond expected, like the consummate artist she is. But now PJ can add something that Cave could never claim (not to my knowledge), and that his political songwriter. Political songwriting is a marred **** field, and most "introverted" songwriters would be well advised to stay away, but that doesn't scare Harvey. She gracefully avoids all the pitfalls like she's done nothing else her entire life. Expand
  3. Feb 19, 2011
    10
    It's not just solid. It's great. It's incredible. I have never heard anything like let england shake. I love pj harvey, i know she's great,It's not just solid. It's great. It's incredible. I have never heard anything like let england shake. I love pj harvey, i know she's great, but I've never expected this from her. Thank you, polly jean. Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2011
    10
    What can I say. I'm biased about my favourites, just like the rest of us. You wont know if you don't listen. Fantastic use of the past andWhat can I say. I'm biased about my favourites, just like the rest of us. You wont know if you don't listen. Fantastic use of the past and present, looking for a better future. Check it out. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2011
    9
    Maybe not a perfect 10, but so damn close. I was introduced to PJ mainly though her collaborations with Nick Cave. But now that I have allMaybe not a perfect 10, but so damn close. I was introduced to PJ mainly though her collaborations with Nick Cave. But now that I have all of her albums (except the Parrish ones), this may well be my favorite or nearly so. Probably the most consitent album since Dry. Expand
  6. May 13, 2011
    9
    This is the best album I have heard in 2011, and I don't know that I will hear one to top this the rest of the year. Thematically Harvey doesThis is the best album I have heard in 2011, and I don't know that I will hear one to top this the rest of the year. Thematically Harvey does a fantastic job in her lyrics, and the music that supports it is just as haunting. This is an album that improves with each listen. I also like how she brought English folk back in a modern way. A very good record! Expand

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