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PJ Harvey

PJ HarveyThe release of 1992's primal, dirty blues-influenced 'Dry' heralded the emergence of the most distinctive and innovative female artist since Kate Bush. Never mind that Polly Jean had the name of a parrot: her howling, overtly sexual voice and confrontational lyrics, influenced by the likes of Nick Cave, were a black stiletto to the face of the mainstream. If 2000's passionate Mercury Award winning, (and Thom Yorke assisted) 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea' brought her close to the establishment, she quickly redeemed herself with the unsettling 'Uh Her Her' in 2004.

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