Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2011 Ratings: #2 / 920
Year End Rank: #1
User Score
Based on 498 ratings
2011 Ratings: #3
February 15, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.

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.

ryanreviews
95
I’ve been sitting with this album for a few weeks and it just gets better each time I hear it. On Let England Shake, PJ Harvey created an ambitious statement politically, historically, and musically. This album is years ahead of its time as the issues that it tackles would not be brought to the forefront for years to come. This album tears down the 4th wall and pulls you into war-ridden England, with haunting accounts of war as well as the public’s mindset during these times. The ... read more
MarkCooper
85
It's a weird and beautiful mixture of sentiment and statement. Half the time, PJ sounds shaky on her feet, but still standing up for something big - like a lone protestor in front of a police line. Really powerful, the album makes me feel proud of the hardship and endurance of a country I've never even been to.

Favorite Tracks: Hanging in the Wire, England, Written on the Forehead, The Last Living Rose, All and Everyone, On Battleship Hill
Tielur
88
From start to finish "Let England Shake" is odd, complex, and intriguing. PJ Harvey vocalizes her thoughts on her home, or whatever it used to he to her. Through gorgeous imagery in her writing and fantastic instrumentals she achieves to craft one of the finest alt rock records.
MinatoArisato
75
A pretty good protest and anti-war record, Let England Shake allows the listener to feel the pride and hardship of the country in it's namesake. Polly's vocal work is good and the very English instrumentation enhances the lyrics. Over all a pretty solid record.

Best Track: The Last Living Rose
Worst Track: The Words That Maketh Murder
90
Great Album. If you were expecting the Polly Jean of the past, who was a heavy rocking bad ass, you will not get satisfied. She is clearly someone who doesn't like doing the same thing more than twice. This album feels way more British and that is not a bad thing.
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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
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