AOTY 2020
PJ Harvey - Dry
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1992 Ratings: #18 / 345
User Score
Based on 236 ratings
1992 Ratings: #12
Liked by 5 people
June 30, 1992 / Release Date
LP / Format
Too Pure / Indigo / Label / Website
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How much can you tolerate with this extensively stripped down to the core, raw, female confession without being overblown?
I have been dying to cover the albums of PJ Harvey for a long time and after finalizing the first record, I'm genuinely like a kid in a candy store just running around trying to compose myself.

If any album took the loud-quiet-loud dynamic to the extreme, it would be PJ Harvey's debut record Dry. Harvey, along with bassist Steve Vaughn and drummer Rob Ellis, are as visceral as they are gorgeous, as bombastic as they are bright. Her vocal performance is one of someone full of angst and passion, ... read more
"Dry"is the album that comes to my mind when i think about a youthful album.The album is full of energy, raw in a good way and chaotic. Despite that, the themes of this stunning debut ar not always happy,for example in the song"oh my lover", PJ tries to maintain her relationship and she is willing even to ignore that he is unfaithfull to her. In the song "Dress" she tries to wear a tiny dress to please her husband.In the song "Sheela-Na-Gig",her boyfrind ... read more
Dry is an album that lives up to its name. Ultra rough, dry, most of the music has a hyper trenchy bass line.

You could almost put this album in the "badass" category. Dress is a perfect example of Pj Harvey's future: Rid of me. A bit provocative, sensual, aggressive. The whole thing is done with class and contrasts a bit with the punk and indie rock scene of the 90s.

No wonder Rid of Me and Dry inspired other artists of the 90s (hi kurt!).

Dry is a good album but it lacks some ... read more
Oh My Lover 95
O Stella 94
Dress 93
Victory 97
Happy and Bleeding 92 (-)
Sheela-Na-Gig 94
Hair 98
Joe 96
Plants and Rags 94
Fountain 96
Water 94

Top 5:

5. Oh My Lover
4. Fountain
3. Joe
2. Victory
1. Hair
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Track List

  1. Oh My Lover
  2. O Stella
  3. Dress
  4. Victory
  5. Happy And Bleeding
  6. Sheela-Na-Gig
  7. Hair
  8. Joe
  9. Plants And Rags
  10. Fountain
  11. Water
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