BEST OF
2014

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
CRITIC SCORE
87
Based on 22 reviews
2011 Rank: #2 / 592
USER SCORE
86
Based on
136 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
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
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.

90
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

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

90
musicOMH
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
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
Pitchfork

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

User Reviews
BonoLightier
88
An introspective statement into the mechanism of war. Not a protest album. Not a patriotic album. Not a didatorial album.

One of the most sincere and thematic albums from Harvey.

SiberianBreaks
90
Love the whole theme of war and love for England in this album. Definitely her most ambitious record. I love the guitars and the vocals and the overall beauty of the songs.

Favourite tracks: On Battleship Hill, All And Everyone, In The Dark Place, The Words That Maketh Murder, England, The Last Living Rose, Bitter Branches

Ntando
30
What the fuck! This album sucks!!! & i just hate her voice!

89
Top 5 : Written On The Forehead, The Words That Maketh Murder, The Glorious Land, On Battleship Hill & England.

Siamak
87
The way she understood the concepts of war and the way she draws it is amazing.
As one the best work of Harvey, it has something for anyone, from mellow song to really dark ones, the album art describes it best: "Dark, but not that dark"

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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 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
# 23 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 1 - Uncut
# 7 - Under the Radar
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
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