Single Review – PJ Harvey – Community of Hope

PJ Harvey has released the second single of her upcoming ninth studio album from the enigmatic singer-songwriter with ‘Community of Hope’. It is a song that makes direct reference to the album title which is a reference in itself to the US government’s Hope Six project which is countered with the title of Hope Six Demolition Project. She writes about the plight of poorer communities being forced out of their homes for gentrification processes. The song gives off an optimistic tone however of communities standing up to the government and resisting the changes. Musically this is reflected by the buoyed piano chords, ringing guitars and the bursts of saxophones in the chorus along with the backing vocals which give off a sense of euphoria which Harvey matches with her own vocals. Another great track, but with an altered tone.

 

Owen Riddle

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