PJ Harvey Is Still The Greatest

Maura / September 21, 2007


I’m obviously biased in her favor, but PJ Harvey’s forthcoming “piano record,” White Chalk, is an astounding piece of music that’s as up-front and urgent as Rid Of Me, only with a bit more world-weariness/howling at the moon–and like pretty much every other album I’ve loved this year, it’s had its release date pushed back (only a week, but still). Anyway, Harvey recently performed the WC track “Grow Grow Grow” on French TV, and she swapped out the piano for an autoharp; the switch only makes the song more chilling, particularly at the end, when her voice reaches ghostly-high levels.

pj harvey – grow grow grow (live at french tv show) [YouTube, via Pitchfork]