Following the release of Let England Shake, for which she recently received the Mercury Prize, PJ Harvey continues to be politically engaged. Harvey, in an interview with the NME at Bestival, said that she was not really surprised about the outbreaks of rioting in England in August, adding “People are finding their voices. There’s been an awful amount of suppression and censorship. The world is becoming more and more based on moneymaking and less and less on supporting a good quality of life for everybody, and everything we’re seeing, people getting so frustrated that they feel like have to rise up, is partly because of this.” PJ also hinted that her next album may well continue the political themes of Let England Shake.
P. J. Harvey’s Let England Shake has won the Mercury Prize, making her the first artist to win the prize twice. Harvey was first awarded the prize on the same day as the 9/11 attacks on America, significantly perhaps, given that Let England Shake is (as Harvey said on accepting the Award) “largely about the wars we’re involved in. But I wanted it to be timeless, because we’ve always been at war.But I think the urgency that I felt writing an album like this now is because of the result of what has happened in the last 10 years.” The song The Words That Maketh Murder is perhaps one of the most disturbing tracks on a very powerful album. For more on Let England Shake see Giving Voice Workshops’ previous news item]
All media forms are awash with news and reviews of P.J. Harvey’s new album Let England Shake. Described by Harvey as “socially apocalyptic” Let England Shake is an album of dark, bleak songs about the horror of war and violence exposed in graphic detail.