.

PJ Harvey Wins Her Second Mercury Prize

Songwriter is honored for latest album 'Let England Shake'

September 7, 2011 8:40 AM ET
PJ Harvey second 2 mercury prize
PJ Harvey accepts her second Mercury Prize
Jon Furniss/WireImage

PJ Harvey won the prestigious Mercury Prize for her album Let England Shake yesterday, becoming the first artist to win the honor twice. Harvey had previously won the award, which is given each year to an English or Irish artist, for her 2001 album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.

Let England Shake, Harvey's eighth studio album as a solo artist, is a collection of songs that reflects on the nation's history of war. Many of the songs are written from the perspective of soldiers, while others look on at the devastation of war from a distance. The record has a cold, nearly journalistic tone, allowing for glimpses of humanity amid the horror and steering clear of romanticizing or outright condemning war.

Related
PJ Harvey Brings Spellbinding Spectacle to Her Live Show

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com