PJ Harvey


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First and foremost among several Rid of Me tracks exploring themes of size, mass, and dominance, the sardonic, spare "Man-Size" casts PJ Harvey in the role of male predator, relishing the mock machismo the song deftly punctures. Steve Albini's "recording" is taut and raw, a lit fuse connected to dynamite that generates the proper tension but never quite explodes -- a sonic metaphor for the impotence Harvey's lyrics dance around. A pair of non-LP cuts complete the set -- a wailing, feral cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Wang Dang Doodle" cut for the BBC's John Peel is the standout, while the woozy, bloated "Daddy" is at best a curio.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:18
2 3:15
3 3:15
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