100 Best Albums of the Nineties

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PJ Harvey, 'Rid of Me'

42. PJ Harvey, 'Rid of Me'

As Butt-Head so eloquently put it, "This chick is weird." Polly Jean Harvey strode out of the English countryside to make the air-guitar record of the decade, exorcising her demons in fierce, funny songs that sometimes even had melodies. On Rid of Me, she summons the thunder of classic Seventies rock with help from producer Steve Albini. Harvey wails about that not-so-moist feeling in "Dry," proclaims herself "king of the world" in "50-Ft. Queenie" and raises hell in "Man-Size," putting her leather boots on to go stomp the whole planet into submission.

Rolling Stone's Original 1993 Review

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