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Vinyl, Import, March 31, 2009
"Impressive though these arrangements are, there's an even greater pleasure to be taken from Harvey's singing. In the company of her old colleague and confidant, she abandons herself to a diverse collection of vocal personae."
"Her best turn of all comes in "A Woman A Man Walked By..."
"It's testament to Harvey's current emotional range that she can complement these almost camp hatebombs with some plaintive heartbreakers too."
"Together, Parish and Harvey sound confidently experimental, like two soldiers daring each other to ever more stupendous feats of bravery. Here's hoping this exploration continues to feed back into the work she produces under her own name, and that Parish gets his dues as one of Britain's most resourceful and imaginative studio craftsmen." -- Uncut, March 09 - Rob Young 4 Stars
"So distinctive is Polly Harvey's talent that the idea of her working with other humans can be hard to grasp."
"The most intriguing songs here are reminiscent of White Chalk's table-rapping magic....."
"Only the guttural title track fails, too redolent of Patti Smith to startle..."
"After nearly two decades this man and this woman still turn heads." -- Mojo, March 09 - Victoria Segal 4 Stars
...the best song is the lustrous, unadorned ballad Moon and Moon..
...a meaty buffet of elemental folk, college rock, filthy nursery rhymes and theatrical blues... you know there's always something electrifying to come.
...Death still stalks the halls, but the best songs go off topic: the yearning, Pavement-ish Black Hearted Love, the organ-bleeding April. The Chair concludes a baffling two minutes of musical chairs by stopping short to deliver a heartbreaking coda that forces you to play it again.....Always the unexpected - it's a fine summation of her entire career. -- The Word, April 09 - Damien Morris
A Woman A Man Walked By deploys a broader textural armoury, but no less intensity....
Parish's turbulent tapestries channel everything from volatile folkery (Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen), to the tricksily time-signatured space-jazz of The Chair and The Crow Knows Where All The Little Children Go. The latter is instrumental, though admirers of Harvey's lyrical morbidity will feel sated overall...
While this record might ultimately be a mere palette cleanser for the next stage in PJ Harvey's journey, it suggests her mouthwash tastes sweeter than most others' fine wine. -- Q Magazine, March 09 - Keith Cameron 4 Stars
The ever unpredictable PJ Harvey changes her colours again....the results are playfully kaleidoscopic. -- Harpers Bazaar, April 09
One of my absolute favourite artists. I lacked this one album to complete my collection with her. Had to have it :)Published 11 days ago by Michael Hansen
While most artists I used to love in the late nineties have come up with useless new music, PJ Harvey keeps on delivering. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not going to defend it at length. It seems from reading some of the negative reviews that this is not well-received by those in the Stories From the City camp. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by matthew king
A Woman A Man Walked By being the second collaboration effort between Pj Harvey and John Parrish and released 2009. Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
I love this kind of music. When musician's push themselves even when they know their fans won't like it, it thrills me. And Parish & Harvey certainly do that here. Read more
From the tenor of many of the reviews, I had braced myself for something abrasive and/or unlistenable. In other words, something I would probably like! Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Stargrazer
Like many of her best albums (most notably White Chalk) this album will not be appreciated by people who are looking for accessible, pop-airbrushed melodies. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by J. Elbert
Like many reviewers here, I greatly enjoy P. J. Harvey's work and own pretty much everything she's ever released. That said, this album is pretty rough, hard to listen to. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by sdh