Song of the Day #3,595: ‘You Said Something’ – PJ Harvey

After all the electronica and ambient pop, it’s nice to get back to a straightforward alternative rock album. My next critically-acclaimed record from the year 2000 is PJ Harvey’s Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.

This was the English singer-songwriter’s seventh album and remains her most successful commercially and critically. It was nominated for multiple Grammys and won the coveted Mercury Prize, given to the United Kingdom’s best album.

Dubbed her “New York album” (though Harvey rejects that characterization), Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea contains several songs she wrote while filming a movie in the Big Apple. These are lush but hard-edged love songs, appropriate for the setting.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke sings lead vocals on one track. When I first saw that, I thought Harvey must have given an up-and-comer a break, before realizing that Radiohead was already as big as they’d ever be in 2000. Has it really been more than two decades since OK Computer?

I see the gritty appeal of this album and understand the accolades, but it’s still not something I would seek out myself. My favorite track (today’s SOTD) is the album’s most delicate.

On a rooftop in Brooklyn
At one in the morning
Watching the lights flash
In Manhattan
I see five bridges
The Empire State Building
And you said something
That I’ve never forgotten

We lean against railings
Describing the colours
And the smells of our homelands
Acting like lovers
How did we get here?
To this point of living?
I held my breath
And you said something

And I am doing nothing wrong
Riding in your car
Your radio playing
We sing up to the eighth floor
A rooftop, in Manhattan
One in the morning
When you said something
That I’ve never forgotten
When you said something
That was really important

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,595: ‘You Said Something’ – PJ Harvey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m not familiar with Harvey or her music, but this song is decent. She sounds a bit like Chrissie Hynde.

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