It's hard to overstate how great PJ Harvey is. There's always just so much going on in her songs. As you say, she has a dark, controlled intelligence, but at the same time she'll just lose her shit and howl this ugly, desperate wail from the bottom of her soul, like she forgot she was even singing a song. She has a very instinctive feel for what a song should do and how to capture the complexity of life and love. She's just on a whole other level.
Yeah, she's been on the scene since the early nineties. I want to say '92, but I'm not sure if that is correct.
It may be an influence of her albums. None of her stuff sounds dated it all sounds like it sounds. There aren't any studio tricks that give it away as to the era it was recorded, like the 80s liked lots of reverb on the snare.
She really hasn't aged really. She basically looks the same, at least since I've been aware of her. I'm sure she's looks older in person, but I only see her in videos and publicity photos.
Flipside of Stories. Good way to put it. Very rural, English countryside. It's been appropriate on these cool autumn nights. Some gorgeous things going on. Not the greatest entry point to the Polly-curious, but it's a fine record.