Albums of the year: #16

PJ HARVEY: White Chalk 

Like Björk, Polly Harvey isn’t content to repeat herself, and each LP follows a different path to its predecessor. Even so, White Chalk was quite a radical change in direction. It’s not perfect – a few of the songs aren’t really fully formed – but at its best it is as good as anything she’s done in the past. The title track especially is one of my favourite songs of the year. And below there’s a live version of it recorded for Danish TV in September.

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