PJ Harvey – Big Exit

This will wake you up….the opening track of one of my favourite albums. Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea by the sensational Polly Jean Harvey. Heading firmly into National Treasure territory, not sure if she would appreciate that really, but she’s been creating raw and unique records for the best part of 30 years and is constantly reinventing herself. Mesmerising live, I’ve seen her sat on the floor in a flowing white robe playing just an autoharp, reciting poetry all the way to rocking a big stage in a mini-dress and cowboy boots with huge distorted guitar riffs.

One of the most original, inspirational and emotive artists these isles have ever produced imho.