White Chalk - PJ Harvey
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 78
  2. Negative: 5 out of 78

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  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.
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. With its bones on show and chest wide open, White Chalk may not be the greatest album of all time, it may not be to everyone's tastes, and it may not even be Polly’s finest. But let it and it'll haunt you.
  2. Nothing Harvey has done in the past, however, can prepare you for her eighth album, White Chalk, whose cover is as singular as the tunes therein.
  3. 80
    An album of lonely beauty and piercing sorrow, White Chalk is P.J. Harvey back at the peak of her considerable powers.