PJ Harvey’s sustained a 20-year career making albums that sound nothing like the ones that came before. In this vein comes Let England Shake, a percussive, impassioned departure from 2008’s spooky, piano-led White Chalk. It’s an outstanding work, and may just be the best album of her career — across 12 tracks, she rails about the state of her home country through tales of war and violence. On the otherwordly album highlight This Glorious Land, she even seems to channel Dreaming-era Kate Bush.

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