Let England Shake
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2011 Rank: #1 / 891
User Score
Based on 304 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

‘Let England Shake’ is a record that ventures deep into the heart of darkness of war itself and its resonance throughout England’s past, present and future.

100
Consequence of Sound

It’s an awe-inspiring, challenging album in all the best ways. PJ Harvey has created an album that will be at the top of everyone’s “Best of” list come December.

91
A.V. Club

Shake’s transcendence lies in Harvey’s acceptance of the limitations of the political album, and the way she recombines protest-music traditions while rejoicing in them—not to mention the fact that the disc houses some of her surest, most haunted tunes in years.

90
Drowned in Sound

Let England Shake is neither damning, patriotic, nor angry and its gristly lyrics do not dictate the mood.

90
musicOMH

Loose and sparse as it is, Let England Shake serves much the same function, lingering in the mind long after its engrossing runtime.

90
Beats Per Minute

It is able to deftly blend the vividness and conviction of a protest album with all of the yearning of what just has to be a genuine patriotic outcry.

88
Pitchfork

Even considering all of the horror on display, this is her most straightforward and easy to embrace album in a decade.

80
AllMusic

In its own way, Let England Shake may be even more singular and unsettling than White Chalk was, and its complexities make it one of Harvey’s most cleverly crafted works.

Oct 3, 2016
NR
Is it her magnum opus? Is Ok Computer the best Radiohead record? The answer to both is "They've had so many great albums, so who knows?" And honestly, few people care. What i have to say is that this piece of art sounds unbelievably different than anything she's done before, and at the same time undeniably dramatic, introspective and beautiful. It is futher proof that she is one of the greatest artists of the last 25 years, and of course, of all time as well.
May 15, 2014*
SiberianBreaks
88
PJ Harvey tackles themes of war on her most ambitious effort yet in a manner that's both powerfully patriotic and stunning.

Favourite tracks: All and Everyone, On Battleship Hill, England
Dec 17, 2013
89
Top 5 : Written On The Forehead, The Words That Maketh Murder, The Glorious Land, On Battleship Hill & England.
Nov 12, 2017
95
Chef d œuvre
Jun 19, 2017
95
One of those records that needs to be listened to front to back; elite coherence and great, seldom written about subject matter. Beautiful vocal performance and great musical accompaniment. One of a kind piece of work.
Track List
  1. Let England Shake
  2. The Last Living Rose 
  3. The Glorious Land 
  4. The Words That Maketh Murder 
  5. All and Everyone 
  6. On Battleship Hill 
  7. England 
  8. In the Dark Places 
  9. Bitter Branches 
  10. Hanging in the Wire
  11. Written on the Forehead 
  12. The Colour of the Earth