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  • Summary: The three-disc release features 59 tracks of B-sides, demos and rarities - 14 previously unreleased - that span PJ Harvey's career.
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  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Jan 9, 2023
    90
    A must-listen for anyone following Harvey's archival series, B-Sides, Demos & Rarities serves as a fascinating parallel primer to her music and the multitudes within it.
  2. Jan 9, 2023
    85
    Harvey has never settled. She has never released a staid or unsurprising album in her life. She has always favored uncompromising gestures. ... And here, scattered across these six LPs, is a surplus of proof.
  3. Jan 9, 2023
    80
    There are nine other unreleased tracks, of which “Why D’Ya Go To Cleveland” is the only entirely unheard thing. ... Not everything is unsalted. The B-sides and rarities – many from film soundtracks – allow Harvey to stretch herself into Brechtian oompah, Beefheartian discord, neo-folk. Some of these waifs and strays are excellent. [Dec 2022, p.42]
  4. Mojo
    Jan 9, 2023
    80
    The finale to an exemplary act of curation. [Jan 2023, p.102]