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PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Date: Aug 10 2009

Themes: Alternative

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

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A lot of female singer-songwriters became popular in the 1990s. Some of them, like Bjork and Tori Amos, still have a big following today. But others have pretty much disappeared. Remember the song “What if God was One of Us?” Can anyone say what Joan Osborne is doing these days?

PJ Harvey is another female rocker who first became famous in the early 90s. Although she isn’t as widely known as some of the others, her albums always get great reviews. Find out why Devan and Beren love her, too.

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Beren

Beren

Devan

Devan

Beren:  You know PJ Harvey, I know you’re a fan.

Devan:  Oh yeah.

Beren:  She has a new album coming out with John Parish. Have you heard anything about it? It’s supposed to be amazing.

Devan:  I heard it was really good. But I haven’t heard it yet. But they’ve worked together in the past, and I think that they…

Beren:  What have they worked together on? ‘Cause everybody’s like “Oh yeah, John Parish,” and I don’t know…

Devan:  He’s produced with her before and I think they’ve done duos before. And I think that they have a really good dynamic, the two of them. So I’m really excited to hear this album.

Beren:  Totally. That’s awesome, ‘cause PJ Harvey’s one of those people…She’s one of the singers that every time I hear anything she does, I’m like, “This is awesome, I love it.” But she’s not very active as far as touring goes. It’s like always a few years between tours.

Devan:  Well the other great thing about her albums is every single one is so different. It seems like with every album she totally reinvents herself. Like that last album was all like simple and piano, and kinda like moody and creepy-sounding. But then before that was Stories from the City and that was her poppiest album, I think. So…

Beren:  I had a friend who after hearing Uh Huh Her hated PJ Harvey, like, “This is terrible,” and then when the next album came out, fell in love, like “This is the best,” and didn’t even know it was PJ.

Devan:  Yeah. She’s really versatile.

 

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PJ Harvey’s new album is called A Woman a Man Walked By. She had help making the album from John Parish, a musician and producer. Devan and Beren have both heard that the album is really good.

Devan appreciates PJ Harvey’s versatility. Her albums all sound different. Each new thing she does is fresh and interesting. But Beren has a friend who hated one of her albums and loved another. Depending on what type of music you like, you might not enjoy everything PJ Harvey does.

John Parish and PJ Harvey are really good at making music together. What do you think it takes for two people to work well together? Have you ever worked with a partner on a project?

 

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kpl

kpl

Taiwan

a singr-songwriter is really versatile as he/she could figures out  different kinds of tone and always be full of following  

09:36 PM Apr 21 2010 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

i have nevr heard about the pj harvy  .

 

12:30 PM Aug 16 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

It depends,I’m a bit individualistic and sometimes I prefer work alone ;)

05:29 PM Aug 13 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I have never heard about PJ Harvey or John Parish but the idea at making music or something in par is good provide that the two people have similare ideas and a good relationship ;) 

05:27 PM Aug 13 2009 |

sofree

sofree

China

It's cool to work as duo, if you can really be well with each other. I always need to work with my coworkers in my job, it's really nice when we click, and it's awful when we can't.

08:32 AM Aug 12 2009 |

andrespretty2

Colombia

i think that the people that work in group must be dynamic and responsible for finishing whatever.  

i have worked with some partners on project of the university and that deserves take care and cordination. 

10:09 PM Aug 11 2009 |

spike_dsl

spike_dsl

Philippines

I dont know the person or any of her song but Osborne I heard her song.

08:52 AM Aug 11 2009 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

I think when there is a good dynamic, which includes respect, patience and love what the duo is doing, it works. Several times i have worked with a partner, sometimes is easier than work with more people, cause there isnt like many opinions about what to decide, Id rather work well on partneship than by myself at some projects.

03:44 PM Aug 10 2009 |

clemmie

clemmie

Canada

sorry, the tolerate should be corrected as tolerantEmbarassed

12:49 PM Aug 10 2009 |

clemmie

clemmie

Canada

By the way, the key things for two people to have a good dynamic are to be honest and respective to each other. Those are what I learned during many years practice. Someone is really tough and not tolerate. For the sake of my own purpose, I have to be mature. Fortunately, it does not happen all the time.  

12:44 PM Aug 10 2009 |

clemmie

clemmie

Canada

"kinda like moody and creepy-sounding" exactly described her performance on the stage. She has a lot of music talent. but I am not her following because I was not inspired by her music at all after listening her several songs. Sorry to say thatTongue out Her music is just not my typeInnocent

12:22 PM Aug 10 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

ohh come on , i havent heard pj harvey , but i'll listen some songs…......

10:51 AM Aug 10 2009 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

Two heads are better than one, but if you have something done right do it yourself!Cool

09:30 AM Aug 10 2009 |

mon!k

mon!k

Lithuania

it's true that if you want to do a good work with your partner you have to be patient and tolerant. . i have worked in pair and i could say that it was quite easy for me :) (i think that it depends on partners tempers)

09:07 AM Aug 10 2009 |

rebel lee

rebel lee

China

Actually,it's not easy to work with somebody.You should respect and listen to each other.That makes you a good partner.

 I never heard about PJ Harvey !

08:24 AM Aug 10 2009 |

euzgen

Turkey

this mess we're in  it's my favorite song

06:58 AM Aug 10 2009 |

mardyyang

China

yeah,of course i do with a partner,you have to be patient and broad view ,then ,you two could be winner.

01:16 AM Aug 10 2009 |

fary74

Taiwan

I have worked with other people many times. It's good for your partner has the same idea as yours because you can work smoothly. I had the wonderful experience that I can't forget it.

09:59 PM Aug 09 2009 |

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