PJ Harveyrevered eighth studio album Let England tremble will be reissued vinyl on January 28, 2022, alongside a collection of never-before-seen demos on CD, vinyl and digital, via Ume / Island.
The record, written over a two-and-a-half-year span, was recorded over five weeks at a Dorset church in April and May 2010. Harvey’s influences for his writing included Harold Pinter, Francisco de Goya, The World’s First Poets. war, Ari Folman and the doors. She also researched the history of conflict and sought modern testimonies from civilians and soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let England tremble was featured in a five-star review in The Guardian as “a richly inventive album unlike anything else in Harvey’s back catalogâ¦ his creative pinnacle.” The daily telegraph said it was “a deep and serious work of a singer-songwriter at the peak of her powers, a meditation on humanity’s seemingly endless appetite for self-destruction.” Prior to the vinyl re-release of the album and demo collection, the title song demo was shared:
The album entered the UK charts at No.8 in February 2011, spending a total of nearly six months on bestsellers over more than a year. It was certified gold and won the Mercury Music Prize, the album of the year award at the Ivor Novello Awards and the Uncut Music award for album of the year. It was also named Album of the Year in 16 other publications.
The new vinyl edition of Let England tremble released on january 28 and can be pre-ordered here. Let England Shake – Demos is available on digital, CD and vinyl the same day.
Also available are repressing vinyl from A woman that a man passed, and of White chalk, as good as White chalk – Demos on digital, CD and vinyl; and vinyl editions of Peeling sessions 1991-2004 and Uh, she. Additional editions of PJ Harvey can be ordered as follows:
Uh Huh Her – Demos on digital, CD and vinyl;
Stories from the city, Stories from the sea on vinyl;
Stories of the city, stories of the sea – Demos on digital, CD and vinyl;
Is it desire? on vinyl;
Is it desire? – Demos on digital, CD and vinyl;
Dance hall at Louse Point on vinyl;
To bring you my love on vinyl;
To bring you my love – Demos on digital, CD and vinyl;
Get rid of me on vinyl, for the first time since its original release;
4-track demos on stand-alone vinyl;
Sec – Demos on digital, CD and vinyl;
The studios album To dry on Too Pure / Beggars Archive.