One of the “greatest female musicians of all time” (according to the UK music press), PJ Harvey, is now promoting her eighth solo album, Let England Shake. Polly Jean says she didn’t feel like she had the skills as a writer to address social and political issues in the past, but she has evolved and now here she goes. Let England Shake will be released on February 15, 2011. In the meantime, you can watch a video interview from New Musical Express.
I’ve been busy going to shows. It’s one of my favorite things to do, actually. I love seeing other musicians perform, especially great performance artists like PJ Harvey. Last night I took another trip to the House of Blues. The event was an amazing dramatic display of musicianship from PJ Harvey, John Parish and their band. The set was made up entirely of songs from the two albums PJ Harvey and John Parish wrote together – Dance Hall at Louse Point (1996) and A Woman A Man Walked By (2009). Good stuff. PJ Harvey is really able to let loose and be comfortable and relaxed when someone else is in charge of the music and all she has to do is sing. The show was very fun and laid-back. Even the intense, dramatic songs were presented in a way that wasn’t irritating in the slightest. Instead, you could really enjoy and appreciate the music and the performance, without distractions. I’m sure part of this effect was due to the simple, solid white backdrop for the show and the perfect sound mixing.
Here are my photos from Boston, June 6, 2009:
…and here are the “outtakes”. I like the pictures that come out messed up. they don’t really seem messed up to me, it’s like they’re supposed to be that way.