A guide to PJ Harvey’s studio albums.
Our monthly Women In Rock feature looks at PJ Harvey as her debut album ‘Dry’ celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The top fifty albums of 2016, selected by our staff.
by Ed Biggs The astonishing and quite unexpected success of Let England Shake, arguably the finest album of the decade so far, not only brought PJ Harvey back to her core fanbase after a number of years but also allowed her to access a hitherto unheard-of level of international publicity for an indie star. Suddenly, the modest, thoughtful and resolutely un-rockstar-like Polly Jean, used to lapping up the critical praise but
To celebrate International Women’s Day, here’s a short playlist showcasing the greatest women in the alternative music scene in 2016, ranging from established stars like PJ Harvey and Björk to rising stars such as Courtney Barnett and Lorelei Rodriguez (a.k.a. Empress Of). Happy listening!
by Ed Biggs As a presence and influence in popular music, Nick Cave is an institution easily worthy of being mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Dylan, Cash, Mitchell, Cohen and other household names, the most celebrated songwriters in pop’s well-documented history. However, it also makes sense to think of him as one of music’s eternal outsiders, along with cult heroes like Scott Walker, Tom Waits or Michael
To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium, conventional wisdom has had it that the traditional long-player is on its way out, an arcane format out of time with the digital world that will cede inexorably to a future of singles and playlists. But while many artists have experimented with what an album