PJ Harvey Archive

PJ Harvey: Sweeter Than Anything

In honor of the release of PJ Harvey’s latest genre-defying release, Let England Shake, I felt like it would be fun to post an obscure track that’s one of my all-time favorites: “Sweeter than Anything,” off the single A Perfect Day Elise. Please, Island Records, don’t be litigious jerks about this; I’m on your side.

Actually, there were two versions of this CD single, with two B-sides each, released to promote 1998’s Is This DesireHarvey has done this before: the Send His Love to Me single from 1995’s To Bring You My Love was also released in two versions. Oh…I’m sorry, did you not realize that Harvey has obsessive fans?

Back to the new album. I happened to catch her on TV while on a business trip to London last March. She played the title song, accompanying herself on the autoharp. A whole album of this may test even my patience, I have to admit, but since Harvey has never disappointed yet, it’s far too soon to be unhappy.

Let England Shake drops on 14 February in the UK and on 15 February in the US.

Download: PJ Harvey: Sweeter Than Anything


PJ Harvey – When Under Ether (Live)

Here is the track White Chalk from the 2007 album of the same name recorded from a recent PJ Harvey concert on October 10th at the Beacon Theater in NYC. She played only 2 US shows in 2007 in support of her new album “White Chalk”. I am not very familiar with her work, but do realize she has many adherents including several friends of mine and probably most notably the late John Peel. I figured that someone out there in TSOI land might appreciate a live track since the tour was so limited.

I went to the show based on recommendations, so I decided to check her out not knowing what to expect. First off: No one adequately warned me about how insufferable her fan base is. By the end of the show, I was glad that I went to the sold-out show just because my attendance meant that I was likely taking the spot of a retardedly rabid PJ fan. To PJs credit, I liked the show in spite of the fairly annoying and spastic crowd, but she did indulged them a little much by talking to the audience. Note to PJ: if you have fans that are so enthusiastic they are stupid, don’t encourage them by talking to them; ignore them. They will still love you. Promise.

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Download: PJ Harvey – When Under Ether (Live)