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  • Summary: This compilation includes a dozen songs recorded live for BBC Radio.
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  1. It fits and works together perfectly despite the fact that the songs showcase the development of a thirteen-year career.
  2. Even the most hardcore disciple is likely to get something they might have missed before. [21 Oct 2006, p.35]
  3. This is a lovingly crafted compilation that not only represents the raw live power of PJ Harvey but also tips a cap to John Peel and the raw power his sessions had on performers.
  4. This selection method lacks the cohesion of a proper album, but the uniformity of the raw emotion throughout offers some thrilling highpoints.
  5. She certainly turned in some of her most thrilling performances for the Peel Sessions.
  6. A vibrant living record whose nervy, protean spirit pushes it miles beyond mere alt-rock radio nostalgia.
  7. 40
    It's disappointing that only 12 tracks have been handpicked for this release. [Jan 2007, p.124]

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  1. wangl
    Jan 30, 2007
    10
    Hooray for PJ.
  2. Apr 22, 2015
    8
    This is one of those rare compilation albums that isn't entirely worthless. What makes The Peel Sessions great is that it isn't aThis is one of those rare compilation albums that isn't entirely worthless. What makes The Peel Sessions great is that it isn't a self-indulgent re-release of PJ's greatest hits, but rather, a tribute to John Peel. Some of her best-known songs are on here, but most of them are not, probably intentionally, and it's nice to see a few rare B sides too. Overall, it's a somewhat unusual collection of songs from her career that actually works really well as an album. Plus, the arrangement of Beautiful Feeling is better than the one on Stories. Expand