On her eighth studio album, Let England Shake, Polly Jean Harvey deepens her usually meticulous and tense rock’n’roll into something more vital and visceral — it’s one of her strongest efforts yet, and one of 2011’s best so far. Now it’s streaming in full over at NPR; click here to listen.
The album, which earned a 9-out-of-10 rating in the new issue of SPIN, is Harvey’s “most pop-friendly record since 2000’s Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea,” says reviewer Amanda Petrusich, but it also takes a somewhat political stance. Loosely referencing a 1915 invasion by a joint force of British and French against the Ottoman Empire, Shake explores the impact of war on the human spirit.
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