PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
polly jean harvey releases her eighth album on valentine's day - which was partly recorded in a church in her home county of dorset. harvey has shifted from 'white chalk's gaunt piano ballads to a broader sound that is no less feverish and close to the bone. imagine a minimalist take on her debut album 'dry's folk-blues tilt, all urgent and wiry rhythm. it's recorded mostly live with multi-instrumental support from the long-serving john parrish and (former bad seed) mick harvey. but there are subtle additions; the signature horse 'n' hounds bugle leading the hunt is woven into a shifty 'the glorious land', the bulgarian women's choral wail on the otherwise skeletal 'england'.