White Chalk (studio album) by PJ Harvey

White Chalk by PJ Harvey
Year: 2007
Release date: 2007-09-24
Overall rank: 2,146th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 214 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2007 (41st)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (378th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,146th)
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PJ Harvey bestography

White Chalk is ranked 7th best out of 16 albums by PJ Harvey on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by PJ Harvey is Let England Shake which is ranked number 299 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,546.

PJ Harvey album bestography « Higher ranked (2,104th) This album (2,146th) Lower ranked (3,861st) »
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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 214 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.9/100, a mean average of 77.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.6.

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75/100
From 05/25/2021 11:43
Released at roughly the halfway point of Polly Jeans career ‘White Chalk’ is in many ways her forgotten album quietly dropped between the mega hits ‘Stories . . . ‘ (2000) and ‘Let England Shake’ (2011)

When it first came out I for one was not prepared for the intricate delicate nature of this album, like a fine china cup or broken heart and I moved on pretty quickly. However time has been kind to this one and is now one of my favourite Harvey albums even if John Parish’s fingerprints are all over it
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From 09/02/2020 23:34
I'm a great fan of PJ Harvey but on this album she took a huge directional change. I understand artists mix it up a bit but this done nothing for me. An entire album of plink plonk piano and haunting vocals. I tried to like it, I really did. Multiple listens but it didn't take. To far removed from her previous work for my liking. If you've just started checking her music out, I recommend starting with her other albums.
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80/100
From 06/26/2019 17:06
Very solid album. Not my favourite of pj’s but it has its moments
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90/100
From 06/15/2016 11:11
Another brilliant PJ Harvey album. White chalk, is a haunting record full of piano based songs that sound like they were recorded in a church. It's a superb album, full of great songs, no weak tracks here. This is one of my favourite of her records. Brilliant.
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95/100
From 07/24/2015 17:07
A departure, but not necessarily a bad one. This is brooding, haunting, heartbreaking.
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85/100
From 02/20/2014 04:02
Definitely underrated; great stuff.
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From 02/07/2014 21:00
Following a career filled with gritty rock, White Chalk was seen as a departure for PJ Harvey. Sparse arrangements focused around piano and harp, it's her most haunting record. The desperation, fragility and loneliness speaks more to me than anything else she's done.
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From 12/31/2013 10:27
Always liked PJ, but this album completely won we over for her. It is radical departure from the explosive debut albums, but the aggression or passion is still very much there, although much more hidden. She uses her voice in a different way, very much at the limit of her reach. Daring and haunting album; an absolute favorite.
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80/100
From 10/25/2013 23:20
Another good album from PJ.
Best tracks: The Devil, Silence, The Mountain, White Chalk.
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From 11/08/2012 08:55
Stellar, unsettling album. There are times when PJ seems to be melodramitic to the point of absurdity, but the songs (and the subjects) seem to be talking about such strange, though rather sad, subjects that the occasional over-reach seems more than forgive-able. "The Piano" in particular is utterly haunting (and haunted), seeming personal despite it's literary allusions
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