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Let England Shake
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on June 5, 2013
If you're looking for some extended time with PJ Harvey, this isn't for you.

If you're looking for a cinematic interpretation of Let England Shake by a skilled film-maker, then this is for you.

Each song is introduced by a diverse variety of Britons reading some of the lyrics of the songs, some obviously for the first time.

It's followed by a brief, non-narrative film that would be better described as surrounding the songs than accompanying them. Imagistic, imaginative, and non-linear, but still linked.

Interspersed are segments of PJ singing each song, brief, and not always of a successful shot at it. They are very intimate, very much focused on her face, her mouth and her eyes.

And just too short, but they're meant to be. Let England Shake is about how some things can be so sadly short and others can seem so terribly long, yet with a timeless quality. Let England Shake is anchored in World War I, but with a long drifting chain toward today. And like the album, this film collection explores that drift.

There really are few, if any, people who remember World War I alive, and so we must follow that drifting chain through music and film to experience what we can and sense what we cannot.
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on February 6, 2012
The music and videos are great. They can easily be seen on youtube if you want to preview them. The odd thing here is that, regardless of what this page claims, the sound is not 5.1. It's just in stereo. Also, the video is not anamorphic. It's windowboxed. Odd but true. Black bars on the top, bottom, and both sides.
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on November 16, 2015
i love pj harvey, but came to her work late, different from a lot of her fans. i had read about her somewhere, i'm sure, and my first cd was "uh huh her." i immediately loved it, which i guess some of her earliest enthusiasts did not; and i worked my way back from there, and forward as each new work came out. i love them all and i am impressed by this collection of short films: the nature, the weather, the city, of course the English people, and the parts focused on Polly Jean especially. So glad i have this, and i recommend it while it is yet available. i love the cd "Let England Shake," it deserves the accolades it garnered; and i listened to it (and her other work) often on long night drives, usually singing harmonies i made up. i do like that these videos are different versions of the songs, and the encore, a 13th video of "England," which is just pj.
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on October 6, 2012
My review can not possibly be fair because I love PJ Harvey. this is basically a visual version of her new album.
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on November 26, 2014
Compliments the album perfectly.
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