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 Desire. Harvey 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
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