Following the tour for Rid of Me, Polly Harvey parted ways with Robert Ellis and Stephen Vaughn, leaving her free to expand her music from the bluesy punk that dominated PJ Harvey's first two albums. It also left her free to experiment with her style of songwriting. Where Dry and Rid of Me seemed brutally honest, To Bring You My Love feels theatrical, with each song representing a grand gesture. Relying heavily on religious metaphors and imagery borrowed from the blues, Harvey has written a set of songs that are lyrically reminiscent of Nick Cave's and Tom Waits' literary excursions into the gothic American heartland. Since she was a product of post-punk, she's nowhere near as literally bluesy as Cave or Waits, preferring to embellish her songs with shards of avant guitar, eerie keyboards, and a dense, detailed production. It's a far cry from the primitive guitars of her first two albums, but Harvey pulls it off with style, since her songwriting is tighter and more melodic than before; the menacing "Down by the Water" has genuine hooks, as does the psycho stomp of "Meet Ze Monsta," the wailing "Long Snake Moan," and the stately "C'Mon Billy." The clear production by Harvey, Flood, and John Parish makes these growths evident, which in turn makes To Bring You My Love her most accessible album, even if the album lacks the indelible force of its predecessors.
Performance CreditsPJ Harvey Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Chimes,Marimbas,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Bells,Vibes
Joe Dilworth Drums
Joe Gore Guitar,Ebo,E-bow
Mick Harvey Bass,Hammond Organ
John Parish Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Jocelyn Pook Viola
Sonia Slany Violin
Sian Bell Cello
Jean-Marc Butty Percussion,Drums
Jules Singleton Viola
Technical CreditsPJ Harvey Producer,Engineer
John Parish Producer
Pete Thomas String Arrangements
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To Bring You My Love based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PJ Harvey's "To Bring You My Love" is a glorious tribute to obsession and chaos. Harvey howls through each song like a writhing monster. On the title track, she moans of love and loss, singing creepy lyrics about laying with the devil and cursing God above. In the haunting tune "Down By The Water", Harvey explores disturbing material, including incest. This album changed me forever!!!!