Your Score. Rate this:. Log in to finish rating Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. Share this? Summary: PJ Harvey's fifth, and possibly best, album sees her venturing away from the electronic experimentation of 's 'Is This Desire? Critic Reviews. Score distribution:. Positive: 22 out of Mixed: 1 out of Negative: 0 out of Ink Blot Magazine. Chiming, richly textured and potently rhythmic, this is starkly, explicitly rock n' roll, and the back-to-basics approach beautifully frames Polly's tales of fear, love, sex, sadness, ugliness, and beauty.
All this publication's reviews Read full review. Entertainment Weekly. The Wire. Given her capacity to align reinvention with a developing maturity, the 13 lucky songs of Stories deliver a complex text.
It is certainly less frenetic, as if Harvey is finding new ways to exert her presence. But regardless, the sheen gets slicker and her music gets duller as the time passes. As inspiration for this album, Harvey spent six months in New York, fully shedding her old wolf's skin for a more stylish, expensive wool-lined jacket. Granted, the chorus hook is one of her best in recent memory, but even that moment emits a vague feeling of by-product familiarity.
And "A Place Like Home" and "We Float" further the tepid attitude, replacing the live drums of the first two tracks with cheap, glossy programmed beats that would feel right at home on a Des'ree record. The lyrics on Stories from the City are just as average as the music-- so average, perhaps, as to seem much worse than they actually are.
Stories from the City does have a couple of songs interesting enough to almost save it from the desert of mediocrity. Yorke then takes a gorgeous turn at lead vocals in "This Mess We're In," continuing with a similar cadence, with Harvey singing the chorus over Yorke's wordless crooning.
Track Listing. Big Exit. PJ Harvey. Good Fortune. A Place Called Home. One Line. Beautiful Feeling. The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore. This Mess We're In. You Said Something. This Is Love. I want this album to sing and fly and be full of reverb and lush layers of melody.
I want it to be my beautiful, sumptuous, lovely piece of work. Pitchfork compared her voice on the lead single " Good Fortune " to that of Chrissie Hynde ,  while the Los Angeles Times observed: "Her singing often recalls Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux , artists who, like Harvey, project a sexuality derived from--yet never bound by--rock's male sensibilities.
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea received critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 88, based on 25 reviews.
Other critics rated it as only average. Spencer Owen of Pitchfork viewed the album as lacking in distinction, saying "the sheen gets slicker and her music gets duller".
The award ceremony was held on 11 September Harvey was in Washington, D. She was announced as the winner and accepted her award by phone, saying "It has been a very surreal day. All I can say is thank you very much, I am absolutely stunned. The album debuted at number 42 on the US Billboard chart.
All personnel credits adapted from the album's liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. PJ Harvey. The New York Observer. Retrieved 25 June Slant Magazine. Retrieved 21 March Retrieved 29 September The Village Voice. New York. In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian eds. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 May Is that what you wanted to hear? Q December Retrieved 24 December Archived from the original on 23 October Chicago Sun-Times.PJ Harvey - New Album, Out Now. To Bring You My Love vinyl reissue + Demos album – available now.