Dance Hall at Louse Point
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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...
The album was intended as accompaniment for a dance piece to be choreographed by Mark Bruce and performed at the South Bank Performing Arts Centre. But given the diversity and undanceability of its tracks, it's hard to imagine what kind of dance performance could be accompanied by it. Even though the individual songs are good, that diversity makes it something less than PJ's other work. Every 'straight up' PJ Harvey album has an artistic focus: each song builds on and relates to every other one, making a narrative, even if an abstract one, leading to a real emotional climax. Dance Hall is just a collection of songs, many of them good or great, but none presented in its best light.
Aside from a couple of pretty but negligible instrumental pieces, 'Girl' and the title track, and one near-instrumental track, 'Lost Fun Zone', Dance Hall relies on Polly's lyrics and singing. 'That Was My Veil' is an immediate standout, a beautifully understated and melodic song. 'Is that all there is?', the old Peggy Lee standard, shows off Polly's acting-through-singing as a bitter yet wistful young woman.
Ironically, though, Dance Hall's best tracks really emerged only during PJ's Is this Desire tour.Read more ›
Drop the laser on "Rope Bridge Crossing" and you'll get a feel for what this pair does best. It's an ambient blues that builds into two separate choruses, each reaching for the emotional rafters and succeeding. Then try not to be disappointed when "City of No Sun" leaves this behind to wail it up Yoko Ono style. Not that this is a bad thing... Indeed, on "Desire" Harvey shows what CAN be done with this experimental styling when applied to an emotional soundscape. But emotions are exactly what are missing from this record... It is cold and distant in a very robotic way, coming alive only on the quieter moments, like the tender "That Was My Veil" or the bluesy kick of "Heela". Not a bad album, but we expect more from the pair that gave us "To Bring You My Love" and, ultimately, "Is This Desire?".
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on May 1 2003 by Cody
Words and music, the basic building blocks of song. That's all you'll find on this departure from rock vocalist Polly Jean Harvey. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by Craig Clarke
"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. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2001
I bought this album a few years ago, I played it once and I hated it. Recently I played it again and loved it. Read morePublished on June 16 2001 by Jo Evans
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,... Read morePublished on May 17 2001
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2000 by K. Hernandez
PJ Harvey likes to coathor music, notably with Nick Cave, Thom Yorke, Tricky. But John Parish is special: he influenced her in her teens (she joined his group), and has been a... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2000 by Giuseppe A. Paleologo
I had to listen to this album a couple of times before I fell in love with it, and then it became the one I never put away - it was always parked next to my cd player. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000
This album has a sound unlike any other PJ Harvey album, but each album of hers is unlike any other. Read morePublished on June 8 2000