Rid of Me

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1993 Ratings: #147 / 370
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Based on 351 ratings
1993 Ratings: #7
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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
Few opening tracks precisely set the tone of a record quite like Rid of Me. When I showed my brother the song on a car radio he kept adjusting the volume for the first two minutes trying to figure out why the song was so incredibly hushed, reduced down to PJ Harvey’s almost nonexistent guitar strumming and her gentle voice. Then suddenly, like an atomic bomb the thing just explodes into some of the meanest alternative rock one could ask for over the speakers, only to inevitably return to ... 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...
For me 2 things can get so overlooked by this album: Stevie Vaughan's bass and Steve Albini's production, both of which just elevate this record into amazing territory. Alongside with PJ Harvey's powerful vocal delivery and some of her best lyrics. Yeah, it is easily to see why this is one of her best bodies of work.

Track Review

Rid Of Me 10/10
Missed 9/10
Legs 8.5/10.
Rub 'Till It Bleeds 9.5/10
Hook 8/10
Man-Size (Sextet) 8.5/10
Highway '61 Revisited 9.5/10
50 Ft Queenie 8.5/10.
Yuri-G ... read more
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.
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Track List

  1. Rid Of Me
  2. Missed
  3. Legs
  4. Rub 'Till It Bleeds
  5. Hook
  6. Man-Size (Sextet)
  7. Highway '61 Revisited
  8. 50 Ft Queenie
  9. Yuri-G
  10. Man-Size
  11. Dry
  12. Me-Jane
  13. Snake
  14. Ecstasy
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