ARTIST: John Parish & PJ Harvey
TITLE: Dance Hall at Louse Point
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: #175 US, #46 UK
SINGLES: That Was My Veil (#75 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, nope
LINEUP: John Parish, PJ Harvey, Mick Harvey
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Odd experimental songs and sounds that do Parish and Harvey justice.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: PJ Harvey’s duet with experimentalist and session musician John Parish is kind of a jarring listen at first. At times, this is truly avant-garde with shards of music going hither and yon. Harvey screams or becomes atonal. This was right after some of her biggest commercial successes in the UK so it may have surprised some casual listeners.
At times, though, there is beauty in the clatter. Parish isn’t always interested in creating oddity and Harvey can really sing tenderly. The recitation of “Is That All There Is?” is quite enlightening.
All said, it’s one to file way for those who love Harvey, like I do.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Harvey and Parish had known each other for years and played in the same band until Harvey went solo.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: It’s avant garde, but Harvey fans should like it. It shows neophytes another side of her.