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Coming over a decade after the last PJ Harvey album I loved, 2011’s Let England Shake was exactly the reason that I always pay attention to what she’s doing, even if I’m not vibing it at the time.
Full of stolen melodies, weird beats, crazy samples and lyrical recontextualizations — the “Summertime Blues” bit in “The Words that Maketh Murder” is fucking genius — “Let England Shake” one of the strangest and most surreal protest albums ever released. Right up there with Sandinista! in terms of weirdness, except that, unlike St. Joe Strummer, it doesn’t feel like Harvey is trying to change the world with every single note.