Let England Shake
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2011 Ratings: #2 / 894
Year End Rank: #1
User Score
Based on 327 ratings
2011 Ratings: #2
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‘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.


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.

Jan 19, 2018
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
Oct 3, 2016
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.
Apr 17, 2016*
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.
Dec 17, 2013
Top 5 : Written On The Forehead, The Words That Maketh Murder, The Glorious Land, On Battleship Hill & England.
Dec 10, 2017
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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