Rid of Me

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
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Based on 4 reviews
1993 Ratings: #208 / 365
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Based on 293 ratings
1993 Ratings: #7
May 4, 1993 / Release Date
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Island / Label
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Anyone willing to accept its sonic extremities will find Rid of Me to be a record of unusual power and purpose, one with few peers in its unsettling emotional honesty.

Rolling Stone

The problem with Rid of Me is that its in-your-face dynamics don't leave much room for Harvey to maneuver emotionally.

I’ve never quite seen someone else take “the breakup album” in this direction. Harvey sounds absolutely unhinged on many of these songs, and while I walk away from it concerned about the mental state of both her and whoever she’s singing to, boy is it an exciting ride. The title track alone has loads of quotable lines (most notably that closing shout: “Lick my legs, I’m on fire”). Uptempos like “Snake” and “50 ft. Queenie” are ... read more
Space Vacation
July 21 2013, Original Score: 7.9/10
February 18 2016, Revised Score: 8.7/10

Super abrasive, demanding, temperamental album.

I wish I could be PJ Harvey :{
"Lick my legs; I'm on fire" is one of those lyrics that will always be continuously stuck in my brain, atleast until it stops functioning.

Does "Dry" sound like it could have influenced Weezer? Perhaps I'm just thinking weirdly...
Steve Albini is a godsend. His production adds so much more to PJ Harveys material on here that it transcends what the alt rock genre once was. We'll never really get this shit again.
Everything is great here but I think if her voice was a bit louder I would feel this album much more.
PJ Harvey breaks out with an even bolder and turbulent attitude on Rid Of Me. The music admittedly becomes too volatile for its own good at times, but Harvey makes up for it by being unbelievably cool anyways. I mean this by addressing the the explosive chorus on its title track which genuinely frightened me and even 'woke me up' from thinking idly while passively listening to the first few minutes of the album, or the adrenaline rush "50 Ft Queenie", or the fantastically doomy ... read more
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