- Summary: PJ Harvey's fifth, and possibly best, album sees her venturing away from the electronic experimentation of 1998's 'Is This Desire?' and returning to the purer rock sound prevalent on her early releases. Radiohead's Thom Yorke guests on the duet "This Mess We're In." Winner of the 2001PJ Harvey's fifth, and possibly best, album sees her venturing away from the electronic experimentation of 1998's 'Is This Desire?' and returning to the purer rock sound prevalent on her early releases. Radiohead's Thom Yorke guests on the duet "This Mess We're In." Winner of the 2001 Mercury Music Prize.… Expand
- Record Label: Island
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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Given her capacity to align reinvention with a developing maturity, the 13 lucky songs of Stories deliver a complex text. It is certainly less frenetic, as if Harvey is finding new ways to exert her presence. In addition, its thoughtful spaces and pauses suggest room for doubt and manoeuvre. [#202, p.49]
PJ Harvey's best album since 1991's 'Dry', a return to the feral intensity of that remarkable debut.... The clarity of the electric guitars played by Harvey, Rob Ellis and Mick Harvey is enough to make you fall in love with elemental rock all over again.... You could quibble Harvey has absolved her responsibilities by making an album earthed in the New York sound of 20 or 30 years ago. But when rock is so invigorating, so joyous about love, sex and living, all arguments are null and void.
She has always been a good songwriter -- experimental, dynamic, probing -- but here she demonstrates that she has the potential to be a truly masterful one. With newfound clarity and restraint, and with her usual wit, she examines the ways in which we try to convince ourselves that we are safe in an unsafe world.
Positive: 20 out of 20
Mixed: 0 out of 20
Negative: 0 out of 20
ofanFeb 10, 2005just like a script for a movie, great story in it
Mar 25, 2014My favorite album by PJ, and possibly my favorite album by anyone.
(150 character limit makes Metacritic kind of the opposite of Twitter,My favorite album by PJ, and possibly my favorite album by anyone.
(150 character limit makes Metacritic kind of the opposite of Twitter, it encourages long-windedness.)… Expand
ManuelaMar 17, 2002Fuckin amazing record! The songs will stick with you all day. One of the greatest artist alive!
JamesB.Aug 8, 2008Amazing! There's something new at every listen... can't say that about many CD's or artists. One for the ages!
PerspicaciousCriticJul 23, 2007Dear Pitchfork: Regarding your review, I have just three words: wrong, wrong, wrong.
Mar 16, 2012Really powerful stuff from the Indie Queen and even after last years Let England Shake, I still rank this as her greatest work. It's over aReally powerful stuff from the Indie Queen and even after last years Let England Shake, I still rank this as her greatest work. It's over a decade old now and sounds as fresh as ever. There's no weak track on this record, in fact almost every song is brilliant. The lyrics, music, production and consistency are all top class. Radioheads Thom York guests on a couple of tracks and elevates the whole thing to another level. The Whores Hustle and The Hustlers Whore is at the centre of the record and is an epic piece of work. A dark indie rock masterpiece.… Expand
RobBSep 25, 2007For me, this is her best record. It's probably the most accessible but for me that's part of its success. Her other work was too For me, this is her best record. It's probably the most accessible but for me that's part of its success. Her other work was too often art rock in the worst performance art sense but this record, channeling the best of that genre (i.e Pattis Smith) and adding real tunes, is a bit of a triumph. 8!… Expand
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