50 Best Albums of 2011

PJ Harvey, 'Let England Shake'

47. PJ Harvey, 'Let England Shake'

Polly Jean Harvey steeps her latest in her homeland's folk music and the "gray, damp filthiness" of its history. There's a punk sense of horror in low-key death-folk ballads like "The Last Living Rose," as if she's crashing the Renaissance Faire to torch the maypole.

Rob Sheffield's Original Review: PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake'
Video: PJ Harvey's 'Hanging In The Wire'

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