PJ Harvey

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Polly Jean Harvey, born in Yeovil, England.
Although Harvey has maintained a "band relationship" with several long-term collaborators during her career, she is treated as a solo artist on Musicbrainz.

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Legal name: Polly Jean Harvey


Polly Jean Harvey, MBE (born 9 October 1969), known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments.

Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, and saxophone player. The band's frontman, John Parish, would become her long-term collaborator. In 1991, she formed an eponymous trio and subsequently began her professional career. The trio released two studio albums, Dry (1992) and Rid of Me (1993) before disbanding, after which Harvey continued as a solo artist. Since 1995, she has released a further nine studio albums with collaborations from various musicians including John Parish, former bandmate Rob Ellis, Mick Harvey, and Eric Drew Feldman and has also worked extensively with record producer Flood.

Among the accolades she has received are the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) and Let England Shake (2011) respectively—the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice—eight Brit Award nominations, six Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations. Rolling Stone awarded her 1992's Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter and 1995's Artist of the Year, and listed Rid of Me, To Bring You My Love (1995) and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards. In June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Dry PJ Harvey 4.65 6
1993 Rid of Me PJ Harvey 4.6 5
1993 4-Track Demos PJ Harvey 4.5 4
1995 To Bring You My Love PJ Harvey 4.6 8
1996 Dance Hall at Louse Point John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey 3.5 4
1998 Is This Desire? PJ Harvey 4.35 5
2000 Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea PJ Harvey 4.1 7
2004 Uh Huh Her PJ Harvey 4.15 5
2007 White Chalk PJ Harvey 4 6
2009 A Woman a Man Walked By PJ Harvey & John Parish 3.35 5
2011 Let England Shake PJ Harvey 4.3 8
2016 The Hope Six Demolition Project PJ Harvey 5 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 iTunes Originals: PJ Harvey PJ Harvey 1
2004 B-Sides PJ Harvey 3 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Peel Sessions: 1991–2004 PJ Harvey 3
Glastonbury 2004 PJ Harvey 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Dress PJ Harvey 5 3
1992 Sheela-Na-Gig PJ Harvey 5 2
1993 50ft Queenie PJ Harvey 4.65 1
1993 Man-Size PJ Harvey 2
1995 Down by the Water PJ Harvey 1
1995 C'Mon Billy PJ Harvey 4 2
1995 Send His Love to Me PJ Harvey 3
1996 That Was My Veil John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey 2
1998 Broken Homes Tricky feat. Polly Jean Harvey 2
1998 A Perfect Day Elise PJ Harvey 2
1999 The Wind PJ Harvey 4
2000 Good Fortune PJ Harvey 3
2001 A Place Called Home PJ Harvey 2
2001 This Is Love / You Said Something PJ Harvey 1
2004 The Letter PJ Harvey 2
2004 You Come Through PJ Harvey 2
2004 Shame PJ Harvey 1
2007 When Under Ether PJ Harvey 4 3
2007 The Piano PJ Harvey 1
2008 The Devil PJ Harvey 2
2009 Black Hearted Love PJ Harvey & John Parish 2
2011 The Words That Maketh Murder PJ Harvey 2
2011 The Glorious Land PJ Harvey 1
2016 The Wheel PJ Harvey 1
2016 Guilty PJ Harvey 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 iTunes Session PJ Harvey 1

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