It may be difficult to fathom, but the calendar doesn’t lie. On this date, May 4, in 1993, British singer, songwriter and all-around fearsome talent PJ Harvey released her second album, Rid of Me.
It was released into a musical climate in which Kurt Cobain was still alive, and everyone with a guitar decided to try and imitate his music. Harvey was unfairly lumped in with that group, and when Rid of Me was released, it benefited from good timing and fit in well with a lot of the other music on the radio those days.
Luckily for her, she never stayed in one stylistic place for very long, and by the time she released 1995’s To Bring You My Love, she was well on her way to other things. She may have benefited from the grunge/alternative/what-have-you moment, but she was never really a part of it, and while other artists of the era were left behind the minute trends changed, she was already off doing something else.
This is what singular talents do, and PJ Harvey has always been a singular talent. Unfortunately, a lot of people only know her from the couple of radio hits that she had way back when, and don’t know that she has a very large catalog of worthwhile music that the radio stations wouldn’t touch.
We at The Z Review would like to shine a spotlight on some of the lesser-known material that she’s made over the course of her career. We hope you like what you hear and we hope the songs we’ve chosen for this Z Review playlist make you want to investigate more of her material on your own. It’s all good and it’s all worth it.