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This album from PJ Harvey has been highly anticipated, since the release of her last: White Chalk, back in 2007. PJ is something of a chameleon, forging a different imagery for every album she creates and Let England Shake is no exception. This time she's focusing on war and terror, and it couldn't have come at a more apt time considering the current situation in Libya and conflicts going on all over the world.

Let England Shake is by no means a depressing album filled with slow ballads though. PJ Harvey as usual, gives her unusual unique take on what could be a very heavy subject to listen to. On Let England Shake she experiments with different instruments including an autoharp and saxophone, which she has never used on any of her previous albums.

The songs seem to have a frantic energy about them and a forceful spirit that always manages to fit in with the theme. On ‘The Glorious Land' there is even the sound of horns blowing, almost like a call to battle as she sings an ode to her homeland.

The whole album paints PJ Harvey as the narrator of a bleak, terrifying war surrounding her. This is by no means, a pro-war album, quite the opposite. 'Let England Shake' puts a microscope onto the horrors that for lots of people around the world are inescapable. It seems that she has managed to highlight what could be a gruesome subject without making it tedious.

A very worthwhile album, which personally I feel has much more to offer than White Chalk did, now to wait and see what surprise PJ Harvey has in store for us the next time around.

Review by Hayley Foster Da Silva

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PJ Harvey worked with battlefield photographer Seamus Murphy to create a set of twelve videos to accompany the album.  Watch ‘The Words That Maketh Murder’, then share your thoughts on the discussion board: