P J Harvey* ‎– White Chalk

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Tracklist

The Devil 2:58
Dear Darkness 3:10
Grow Grow Grow 3:23
When Under Ether 2:25
White Chalk 3:13
Broken Harp 1:59
Silence 3:11
To Talk To You 4:01
The Piano 2:37
Before Departure 3:49
The Mountain 3:11

Versions (21)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1747946 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Album, Enh, S/Edition, Car) Island Records 1747946 UK 2007 Sell This Version
1740335 P J Harvey* White Chalk(12", Album, 180) Island Records 1740335 UK & Europe 2007 Sell This Version
1748217 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CD, Album) Island Records 1748217 Australasia 2007 Sell This Version
B000997202 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CD, Album) Island Records B000997202 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
60251748217 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Album) Universal Music Brasil 60251748217 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
1748217 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records Group 1748217 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
B0009972-02 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CD, Album) Island Records B0009972-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
D172644 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Album, Car) Universal Island Records Ltd. D172644 UK 2007 Sell This Version
174 032 6 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CD, Album, Car) Island Records 174 032 6 Malaysia 2007 Sell This Version
B0009972-02 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Album, Club) Island Records B0009972-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
1748217 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Album, Sup) Island Records, Island Records Group 1748217 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
1740326 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CD, Album, Unofficial) Island Records (2) 1740326 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
1748217 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CD, Album, Unofficial) Island Records (2) 1748217 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
1740326 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CD, Album, car) Island Records 1740326 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
460502601347 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Enh, Album) Universal 460502601347 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
none P J Harvey* White Chalk(CDr, Album, Promo) Island Records none UK & US 2007 Sell This Version
WHITECHALK01 PJ Harvey White Chalk(CDr, Album, Promo) Island Records WHITECHALK01 UK 2007 Sell This Version
WHITECHALKSAMP PJ Harvey White Chalk(CDr, Album, Smplr, Promo) Island Records WHITECHALKSAMP UK 2007 Sell This Version
CGO048 PJ Harvey White Chalk(LP, Album, 180) The Control Group, Island Records CGO048 US 2007 Sell This Version
CGO048 PJ Harvey White Chalk(LP, Album, Whi) The Control Group CGO048 US 2007 Sell This Version
1747946 P J Harvey* White Chalk(CD, Album, Car) Island Records 1747946 UK 2008 Sell This Version

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jarsu

jarsu

November 2, 2015
referencing White Chalk, LP, Album, 180, CGO048
Pressing is poor? crackles ? pops? I have bought 2 of this already and returned ..sellers are saying, that perhaps the whole pressing is poor quality ?
inthishole

inthishole

September 12, 2015
referencing White Chalk, LP, Album, Whi, CGO048
Has anybody actually come across a version of this on white vinyl? I am doubtful that one exists, because I've never seen it or heard anyone discuss it...
jarsu

jarsu

June 30, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing White Chalk, 12", Album, 180, 1740335

horrible pressing.. I have two of this issue and background noise IS MAD ! AVOID
inthishole

inthishole

January 9, 2012
referencing White Chalk, 12", Album, 180, 1740335

One of PJ Harvey's best albums--like you've never heard her before. It's haunting, intimate, ethereal, and extremely captivating. I also highly recommend getting the 45rpm version, if you can find it, as the sound quality is far superior.
marks

marks

August 15, 2010
edited 2 months ago
referencing White Chalk, CD, Album, Sup, 1748217
Something is broken, very broken in Polly Harvey's life. This new album is saturated with loss, palpable, bruising loss. From the charm of the opening song "The Devil" there is no question that something terrible, perhaps even mortal, has transpired in this artist's world. She had been the flippant rock deconstructionist on her last work "Uh Huh Her" but now she is a mutely observant survivor. Barely speaking. Barely still there at all.

She sounds decimated, crushed, tormented... damaged. I want to curl up in a little ball and hear myself breathe just be sure I'm still alive when "White Chalk" has finished. People generally keep pain like this to themselves but not our little English firecracker.

"Grow Grow Grow", the third track is a demented study on human life. The piano features more strongly on this tune then it does for the rest of this "piano-driven" release. Swirling progressions meekly stand as guardians against anything getting into the meat of the song. This should have been the lead single. P J is quite possibly losing her sanity as we listen and my my my does it sound amazing. Of course, the obligatory nod towards more traditional structure "When under Ether" follows soon after and I have to give Flood his due. His production abilities and immense studio arsenal actually serve to tame and loosen this title instead of emasculating the delicate, nuanced playing Polly exhibits.

"Silence" could be in her top five, the tension is explosive. The words cauterize your soul. If it is indeed to be the end of all things, what could better represent impending doom than an ironic meditation on the word silence and all of its possible meanings.

I should stress to you that I would love for this album to be longer. It's not even forty minutes. The best way to describe this work only would make sense if you'd collected her singles from the "Is This Desire?" album. The non-album tracks pointed quite frankly in this direction and I'm stunned she chose to continue in this fashion. Such attention to detail is rare in the musical world, and for an artist such as this one - who's focus is quite easily diverted - to have wrangled even this much of such a place onto an album I cannot commend enough. Now how about a finished version of "The Northwood"?