ALBUM TITLE : THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION
ARTIST : PJ HARVEY
GENRE : FOLK/ POP/ ALTERNATIVE ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2016
If she were a novelist, she would wrote bleak stories like that of John Steinback “The Grapes of Wrath.” Because she is a songwriter and a performer, her song in this album can be described as protest songs. She sings about cause and effect of living in a community where hope is threatened or already compromised. She sings not about a small community but of the world as a community. As Hillary Clinton would put I, “it takes a village.”
Listen to the official audio here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpUCkX8wTz4
While the songs are criticizing of what men and women have to the world, the songs also encouraged every to take a stand. Musically, the whole album is structured like a Broadway cast album. It starts with a hope song to introduce the theme and schema of the album with “The Community Of Hope.” The next track “The Ministry of Defence” is probably about how the world will end. It is quite ironical since the song has an upbeat tune.
Listen to A Line In The Sand here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOoBG0_RllE
She further elaborated the damage man had done with regards to war in the song “A Line In The Sand.” Probably, this is a reminder how men kill each other in the Middle East. The track “Key of Chains” is probably about how people do not learn from history and keeps doing the same thing and the consequences did not deter humanity and it becomes a circle life. Thus, in “Near The Memorials Vietnam and Lincoln,” she further stressed how men celebrate and remember wars as if it is an everyday occurrence.
Watch a lyric video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQAMhieL8fI
In “River Anacostia,” you might think that she sung about how human race dumped their waste in the river. She could have sung about how battles are won and eradicate human population by simply polluting the waters with chemicals; indeed this is a paean to chemical warfare. And talking about collateral damage, she tackled it with “The Orange Monkey.”
Watch and listen lyric video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQAMhieL8fI
Indeed, the whole album is a critic on modern society. She even criticized how commercialism destroyed natural habitat where organic medicine grew and end selling the same kind of painkillers. She has so many things to say but somehow forgot to deliver musical elements. The music that accompanied deep thoughts of hers did not justify the words. It is like listening to street artist begging for money. Probably this is what she has in mind, an album where listeners think of beggars begging for money and mercy.
With that I rate this record 3.5 stars. It could have been a classic album had she inputted better melodies and hooks so people can easily listen to it.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it