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May 14, 2008 By P.M.     wersja polska »
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Charismatic British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey is coming to Poland to give a concert at Warsaw's Kongresowa Hall May 21.

The Warsaw concert is part of a promo tour for PJ Harvey's latest album, White Chalk. The album cover depicts the musician wearing a romantic, white Victorian dress, heralding a major change in Polly Jean Harvey's style. Fans are accustomed to her as a guitar player, but this time, she has written several pieces for the piano as well.

PJ Harvey spent her youth in Yeovil, southwest England, a town far away from big city life, where she listened to blues, art-rock and jazz. In interviews, she says she was enormously influenced by musicians she listened to in her formative years, such as John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Captain Beefheart. As a teenager, she started learning to play the sax, violin, guitar and drums, and she was also interested in sculpture as a student.

PJ Harvey had her fans wait for White Chalk for three years, but the first reviews show the album was worth the wait. Performing "The Devil," "Grow Grow Grow," "Silence" and "The Piano," PJ Harvey is not as loud and edgy as on her previous albums, and most tracks on White Chalk are lyrical, with forceful guitar and electronics giving way to classic arrangements.

White Chalk is PJ Harvey's 10th album. She released her debut album Dry in 1992, on which she played the guitar and violin. Is This Desire?, from 1998, was loaded with electronic music, and PJ Harvey regards that album as her prime achievement. In commercial terms, her most successful album to date was Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea from 2000, which featured guest vocals from Thom York, the singer from Radiohead. The album won PJ Harvey the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

May 21, 8 p.m., Kongresowa Hall, 1 Defilad Sq., Tickets cost zl.120-220, available at www.ticketpro.pl
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