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Dance Hall At Louse Point

John/Harvey;P.J. Parish Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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1. Girl
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3. City Of No Sun
4. That Was My Veil
5. Urn With Dead Flowers In A Drained Pool
6. Civil War Correspondent
7. Taut
8. Un Cercle Autour Du Soleil
9. Heela
10. Is That All There Is?
11. Dance Hall At Louise Point
12. Lost Fun Zone

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Rather than an official PJ Harvey album, this is a raw, nerve-shredding side project by Harvey and her chief collaborator. The singer lets it rip in primal scream fashion on the third track ("City of No Sun"), which will immediately deter all but the most dedicated of fans from fully exploring the pair's intriguing art punk visions. "Civil War Correspondent" is one relatively accessible point of entry. --Jeff Bateman

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4.0 out of 5 stars she's like a god. a good luck charm. or a vice. Feb. 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Interesting record. Lots of great stuff here, if not totally satisfying. The music written by long time foil/collaborator/benefactor John Parish. The lyrics written by PJ. PJ has said she loved this record because it challenged her writing skills and she felt she grew quite a bit from the experience, as she was working differently than she had in the past.
There are a few PJ Harvey records I would recommend before getting this one. While there are those who think it is among her best work and love it the most, I think the "typical" fan prefers some of her other titles more. Plus, given the fact that much of the music was beyond her influence, listening to this album first fails to give you a sense of her own musical perspective.
Next to '4-Track Demos', I think this album is her most challenging work and is probably best to explore a little later on. That being said, highlights for me include 'Heela', 'Civil War Correspondent', 'Taut' (though I much prefer live versions from '98 era), 'That Was My Veil'.. well, there are a few more good ones here too. So, I guess I like this album even more than I thought. Lol!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was Spring or Summer '65... May 2 2003
By Cody
Format:Audio CD
Of all of Polly Jean Harvey's albums this one seems to receive the most negative reviews. OK, so it's not an "official" PJ Harvey album. And no, it's not another "To Bring You My Love." But it is another great CD. In fact it actually features one of Polly's best songs, "Taut" and John Parish is quite an accomplished musician and composer. In terms of lyrical content and moody blues this album has a lot in common with "To Bring You My Love." Yes, a few of the songs are structurally weak, but most of them are still better than the majority of "Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea." This is one hell of an album with a ferocious rock out vibe. Isn't experimentation a good thing? Why not judge for yourself?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polly Jean and John alone Jan. 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
Words and music, the basic building blocks of song. That's all you'll find on this departure from rock vocalist Polly Jean Harvey. Together with guitarist John Parish, they create stark beauty in its simplest form.
A lovely disc for fans of PJ, or for anyone who likes singer-songwriter type music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gem of a find for PJ fans Dec 12 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Dance Hall at Louse Point" is an overlooked gem. I am a big PJ fan, and after hearing this cd, I've become an admirer of John Parish as well.
Granted, it's not for everyone, but PJ's solo music isn't for everyone either, is it? Therefore, anyone who appreciates PJ will surely appreciate this collaboration. Parish's music has a raw, bluesy sound that mixes with PJ's soulful singing perfectly. There are some extraordinary, haunting tracks that I love, like "Rope Bridge Crossing" and "Civil War Correspondent". "That Was My Veil" is an exceptionally beautiful song and is a little easier to swallow than the rest.
As I listen to this, I imagine sitting in on a private session between Parish and PJ. They're free to play whatever they want, whichever way they want, and that music, unrefined and unrestrained, is what you get in "Dance Hall at Louse Point." The result is stunning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Blend of Acoustic and Modern Aug. 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
I don't like every song on here, but it has enough good ones to make it worth buying.
This album is a truly bizarre blend of acoustic and modern.
Like "Send His Love To Me," it's sort of "bluesy" and has an air akin to the bygone days as "Civil War Correspondent" conjures.
Outstanding tracks include the haunting and spell-inducing "Girl," the aching "That Was My Veil" which ends with a harrowing "You told me lies! Lies! Lies!" and of course, "Civil War Correspondent":
"Save your tears for the next who dies... I shout but he don't hear..."
These lines are sung with a passion I've never heard from any other woman in the rock industry. Ever.
The other songs, like "City of No Sun" and all the others, are not as good as the ones I mentioned.
Buy this album is you like the blues and a passionate female voice. If you are expecting "Dry" or "To Bring You..." (her other albums) stay away from it. It will disappoint you...
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4.0 out of 5 stars not for everyone June 16 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album a few years ago, I played it once and I hated it. Recently I played it again and loved it. It's not to everyone's taste, a touch self-indulgulgent (to say the least), but it has it's own strange beauty: PJ's version of `is that all there is' is stunning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is PJ at her screehiest best! May 18 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Maybe this is not everybody's cup of tea, but if you love the raw energy of RID OF ME, & the 4-track demos, and you also, love the spookier tunes from TO BRING YOU MY LOVE, this is the essential album to own. Also, if you can find it, Parish and PJ put out a little EP called THAT WAS MY VEIL and she does an amazing cover of Rainer Ptacek's, called "Losing Ground". Easier to obtain is a tribute/charity album to Rainer, called THE INNER FLAME, with her cover of "Losing Ground"--even my friends who usually hate her like this song.But back to DANCE HALL.. this is The album for certain fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A scrappy winner Nov. 29 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album floated under my radar until the singer in our band brought it to practice one night. She wanted to start opening the band up to more a more improvised feel that this album has. It injected new life into us but the feeling was hard to sustain. On this album there are many songs i feel the same about. There are incredible beautiful sonic and lyrical moments but they move on before you can grab them. Not that it's a bad thing. It is just unconventional and takes a little getting used to.
The songs have a loose improvised feel. Listen to the wonderful off drumming on "Taut" as PJ rants. "Rope Bridge Crossing" is reminiscent of songs on To Bring You My Love, with it's bluesy base, but it is more ethereal and elusive. John Parish has to be commended for the music. As her right hand man on recent albums and tours he is certainly a kindred soul to PJ Harvey. This is an album of two souls playing around with each other.
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