Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2011 Ratings: #2 / 900
Year End Rank: #1
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Based on 365 ratings
2011 Ratings: #1
February 15, 2011 / Release Date
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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.


‘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.

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.

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.

Drowned in Sound

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


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

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.

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
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.
Top 5 : Written On The Forehead, The Words That Maketh Murder, The Glorious Land, On Battleship Hill & England.
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
Let England Shake [94] (-)
The Last Living Rose [99]
The Glorious Land [99]
The Words That Maketh Murder [101]
All And Everyone [105]
On Battleship Hill [102] (I love the expressive, high tessitura in Harvey's voice at the beginning of this track. Kinda reminds me of Kate Bush)
England [98]
In The Dark Places [98]
Bitter Branches [102]
Hanging In The Wire [99]
Written On The Forehead [103]
The Colour Of The Earth [99]

Top 5:

5. The Words That Maketh Murder
4. Bitter Branches
3. On Battleship ... read more
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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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