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John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey


Country of origin:

England

Type of music generally:

Bluesy alternative rock

Status:

Most recent release as a duo, A Woman A Man Walked By (2009)

See also:

PJ Harvey's site

John Parish's site

The Ectophiles' Guide entry for PJ Harvey

Comparisons:

A little like PJ Harvey's solo work but darker, quieter, and less melodic

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

John Parish has been working with PJ Harvey since To Bring You My Love, but as a back-up session musician. PJ Harvey had long since stated that she was tired of playing guitar and just wanted to sing, and this album gave her that opportunity. i don't listen to it that much truth be told. but it is definitely moody, with PJ Harvey's bluesy voice, and stark vocals (iflin@speakeasy.net)

Recommended first album:

A Woman A Man Walked By

Recordings:


dance hall at louse point

Release info:

1996—Island Records—314-524 278-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for PJ Harvey fans or those who like bluesier rock

Group members:

Words written and sung by Polly Jean Harvey
Music written and played by John Parish

Guest artists:

Mick Harvey—organ, bass, additional guitar

Produced by:

John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey

Comments:

i find it kinda bland, though the lyrics are excellent (of course, since PJ Harvey wrote the lyrics). (iflin@speakeasy.net)

A Woman A Man Walked By

Release info:

2009—Island Records—B0012811-02

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for PJ Harvey fans or those who like bluesier rock

Group members:

>Words written and sung by PJ Harvey
Music written and played by John Parish

Guest artists:

Carla Azar—drums (1, 5)
Eric Drew Feldman—bass (1), keyboards (5)
Giovanni Ferrario—guitar (1), bass (5)

Produced by:

John Parish & PJ Harvey

Comments:

I like this better than dance hall at louse point; however, even though I'm a big PJ Harvey fan, this doesn't work so well for me. I want to like her work with John Parish, but the songs just don't click for me they way her own songs do. The best I can say is that others, especially anyone who liked dance hall at louse point, will really like this but it's not my cup of tea. (Neile)

An album I really looked forward to and hoped I'd like it much more than I eventually did. No real explanation, it just didn't connect with me as I'd hoped. (adamk@zoom.co.uk)


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