So I have been re-visiting PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me this week.
It’s an album that I loved back in the day, but one I haven’t returned to for literally years. Somehow it gets lost between the amazing debut, Dry, and the success of To Bring You My love.
At the time it was quite controversial, with Albini’s production not being everyone’s cup of tea.
Anyway. I’d always considered (except for the brutal opening cut) that the core of this album was the stuff between the 2 versions of Man-Size. Listening now though it’s clear that it was all meaningful to me, and I struggle to identify any particular stand out tracks, or any weak ones.
It’s also obvious to me that the equipment I’m listening to music on these days (headphones, bluetooth speakers) really aren’t cutting it. The depth of sound on this album needs more. And I’ve dug out the old CD player to listen to it properly.
In hindsight this album is a brutal piece of art, and so far removed from what Polly Harvey has done recently. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn’t experienced it.
And here’s a track for this thread.