Great sounding record. Many of the live boots from her last tour contained great versions of her earlier work, i.e., previous albums. However, I prefer her 'Stories..' songs as they sound on this record instead (as opposed to live versions). What I think this means is that the best elements of these songs are the way they sound and are produced, the beauty and lushness of them, as represented on this studio record. In other words, they require studio perfection to sound their best. However, for me, this is her least interesting album lyrically. Her previous albums were a little more challenging, had more interesting subtext to them. In fact, I think much of her B-side material from this era is superior to at least a couple tracks on the 'Stories..' album.
With that being said, still there are many songs to admire here, particularly 'kamikaze', 'big exit', 'beautiful feeling' among others. Polly Jean Harvey at her worst is still better than most others at their best, so please don't take my critique too harshly.
Oh, and btw. Mick Harvey, who plays on and helped produce this album, is NOT PJs brother. Just good friends who happen to coincidently have the same last name. They've known each other due to Micks affiliation with Nick Cave, being in the Bad Seeds. He's perhaps the most important member of that band and the connection was made during the time that PJ and Nick were a couple. (A little off topic, I know, but worth mentioning).