Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2011 Ratings: #2 / 977
Year End Rank: #1
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Based on 632 ratings
2011 Ratings: #10
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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.


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

The Needle Drop
PJ Harvey's latest album is easily one of her most accessible and cohesive. The lyrics are loaded with political ammunition, dealing with every from war to England as an institution. Imagery of soldiers and deformed children make it a pretty dark listen, and the production only enhances the experience.
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
Emotional, great lyrics and great instrumentals. I like this a lot, her singing is beautiful and entire feel of this is really great. "Let England Shake" is an LP bringing up english history and her perspective on being an english citizen. Very enjoyable all the way through, and not much bad to say about this. I just can't rate it higher than what I already have, I'm just not feeling a higher rating.
Easily PJ Harvey at here most political charged and she does it great with a nice range of variety of tracks and even in her vocal styles to give a record not only a lot of flavor but alongside the narrative and anti-war messages creates such a cohesive experience and some of her strongest lyrics

Track Review

Let England Shake 10/10
The Last Living Rose 9.5/10
The Glorious Land 8.5/10.
The Words That Maketh Murder 9/10
All and Everyone 9/10
On Battleship Hill 8.5/10.
England 8.5/10.
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Let England Shake, the eighth album from English artist Polly Jean Harvey, is about the most poignant album of her entire music career. I don't often find it necessary to mention the place of origin for each and every artist I cover in each of their reviews, but as should be notable from the title, this album is heavily centered around where PJ Harvey is from. Not only this, but the horrors of war that her country has experienced over its history, particularly during World War I.

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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 be to her. Through gorgeous imagery in her writing and fantastic instrumentals, she achieves to craft one of the finest alt rock records.
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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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