A Woman a Man Walked By For years, Polly Jean Harvey's raw, defiantly female perspective has gone at hard topics with bracing emotional sandpaper. Here, she often just picks up a… A Woman a Man Walked By For years, Polly Jean Harvey's raw, defiantly female perspective has gone at hard topics with bracing emotional sandpaper. Here, she often just picks up a… 2009-03-31 John Parish P.J. Harvey
Music Review

A Woman a Man Walked By (2009)

Wallflowers: P.J. Harvey and John Parish
Image credit: Maria Mochnaez
Wallflowers: P.J. Harvey and John Parish
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 31, 2009; Lead Performances: John Parish and P.J. Harvey

For years, Polly Jean Harvey's raw, defiantly female perspective has gone at hard topics with bracing emotional sandpaper. Here, she often just picks up a brick and smashes. Though A Woman a Man Walked By does have strong moments with longtime collaborator Parish, exercises in atonality like ''Pig Will Not'' feel less womanly than regressively adolescent. B–

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Originally posted Apr 01, 2009 Published in issue #1042 Apr 10, 2009 Order article reprints
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