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PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
CRITIC SCORE
89
Based on 27 reviews
2011 Rank: #1 / 867
USER SCORE
86
Based on
252 ratings

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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.

john95
87
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.
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
89
Top 5 : Written On The Forehead, The Words That Maketh Murder, The Glorious Land, On Battleship Hill & England.
chessmess
88
Throughout the first half of the album, it had been unclear for me whether PJ Harvey had directed any meaningful critique towards England. PJ Harvey is very straightforward in terms of her lyrics, but the purpose of the lyrics stood fuzzy and foggy. In other words I did not get what was being sung.

As the album reaches, what I would say is the biggest highlight of the record, All And Everyone, the album takes a turn towards a much deeper melodic approach. PJ Harvey conveys her message much ... read more
BuffaloStaple
75
Musically gorgeous and vocally powerful. She lyrically attacks all the problems that occur with war and conflict in England in a way I found to be very captivating. Doesn't have a lot of replay value for me though and instrumentally it doesn't always spark my interest, but still this album definitely impressed me.
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DETAILS

February 15, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
www.pjharvey.net / Website
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# 1 - BBC
# 6 - Bigger Than The Sound
# 3 - Clash
# 27 - Cokemachineglow
# 4 - Consequence of Sound
# 2 - DIY
# 3 - Drowned in Sound
# 5 - MAGNET
# 1 - MOJO
# 1 - musicOMH
# 1 - NME
# 1 - No Ripcord
# 9 - Obscure Sound
# 11 - One Thirty BPM
# 2 - Pazz and Jop
# 4 - Pitchfork
# 8 - PopMatters
# 41 - Prefix
# 16 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 2 - Q Magazine
# 47 - Rolling Stone
# 1 - Slant
# 2 - SPIN
# 12 - Spinner
# 8 - Stereogum
# 6 - The Fly
# 1 - The Guardian
# 1 - The Quietus
# 4 - TIME
# 23 - Tiny Mix Tapes
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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