PJ Harvey

Monday, Oct. 7, 2024
8 p.m.
Cost: Cost Varies
1 N Center Ct St
Portland, OR 97227

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Of the singer/songwriters who rose to prominence during the alternative rock explosion, few are as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of her career, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of her era, exploring themes of sex, religion, and political issues with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and theatrical flair. At the outset, she delivered stark songs with bruisingly powerful abandon, as on 1993's Rid of Me. Over time, Harvey's music became more nuanced and eclectic. Her 2001 album, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, featured a heady mix of trip-hop, guitar rock, and troubadourism, earning her the prestigious Mercury Prize. Harvey continually shifted gears, moving from the ghostly Victoriana of 2007's White Chalk to the moody social commentary of 2011's Let England Shake (an album that made her the only artist to win a second Mercury Prize). With the mysterious, folky realms of 2022's epic poem Orlam and 2023's companion album I Inside the Old Year Dying, Harvey's gift for creating immersive worlds remained unparalleled.