White Chalk - PJ Harvey
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Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

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  • Summary: The British singer's latest album was produced by John Parrish and Flood.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. White Chalk, wholly self-contained and uncompromised, is a work of literary depth and complexity.
  2. Constantly brilliant. White Chalk is an amazing album, racked with beauty, stricken with fragility and haunted with something otherworldly.
  3. As usual, the excellent mix--opaque but sunlit--helps; as usual, we eagerly await her next album.
  4. Harvey's mostly bare arrangements, stark vocal delivery and razor-sharp lyrics add up to a poignant, haunting rumination on what makes--and breaks--a life
  5. This yet again reveals PJ Harvey to be one of the UK's greatest contemporary songwriters.
  6. The album will puzzle some fans with its uncharacteristic sound, but it will surely intrigue many more. [Fall 2007, p.73]
  7. The painful White Chalk is either a studio experiment gone horribly wrong or a crafty bit of career self-sabotage by a sensitive artist who'd rather make sculptures in the desert than play pop star.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    Punk on a piano. Minimalist melody with expansive vocals that float into her highest ranges. Scratchy. Wailing. Hurt. Desperate. Patient. The cohesion of this is unparalleled. And while there is no intricate playing or swirling solos. Just clunky 3 chord melodies. It's has a surreal goth feel but is way to serious in tone to be bundled with fantasies. Expand

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