White Chalk Polly Jean Harvey has always been a bit of a rock & roll Sybil — manifesting alter egos from the howling blues banshee of 1993's… White Chalk Polly Jean Harvey has always been a bit of a rock & roll Sybil — manifesting alter egos from the howling blues banshee of 1993's… 2007-10-02 P.J. Harvey Rock
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White Chalk (2007)

NEW PROFILE PJ Harvey's White Chalk finds her adopting a persona that makes it difficult to sing her praises
NEW PROFILE PJ Harvey's White Chalk finds her adopting a persona that makes it difficult to sing her praises
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Oct 02, 2007; Lead Performance: P.J. Harvey; Genre: Rock

Polly Jean Harvey has always been a bit of a rock & roll Sybil — manifesting alter egos from the howling blues banshee of 1993's Rid of Me to the torchy seductress of 2000's Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea. On the largely piano-based White Chalk, she retreats into an odd little-girl-lost persona, singing almost entirely in a tremulous higher key that strangles the most powerful instrument in her arsenal: that voice. True, it's a woman's prerogative to change — we just wish she had chosen a more expressive path. C
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Originally posted Sep 27, 2007 Published in issue #957 Oct 05, 2007 Order article reprints
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