Friday, January 12, 2007

We Float

Song: We Float
Artist: PJ Harvey
Album: Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea

PJ Harvey’s “Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea” is one of those if you don’t have it… rush out and get it now albums. In a career that started in the early 90’s it is her hands down crowning achievement, in a career of consistently great albums. I say that, yet I was HUGELY disappointed with her last record, 2004’s “Uh Huh Her.” I recommend her early work but with “Stories,” all the pieces came together. It’s probably the most “pop” thing she’s done, or at least the most polished… but that is not what makes it great. It’s simply a collection of unbelievable songs, from start to finish.

There were several great singles, but I choose “We Float,” the album closer because it is just bewitching to me. The album starts off with the scary “Big Exit,” where PJ sings “give me a gun!” yet ends with this bittersweet send off. “We float… take life as it comes.” Listen carefully. This is the song you need to listen to when life feels like it is about to swallow you like the ocean.


Videos from singles off the album:

Good Fortune

A Place Called Home

And from her second record, the "Is she crazy?" Man-Sized video

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