Format: CD
Catalog: 555001
Rel. Date: 06/10/1997
UPC: 016255500127

Artist: PJ Harvey
Format: CD
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''Dry'' is an album by PJ Harvey. It was recorded at the Icehouse, Yeovil, UK, and released in the UK on Too Pure (with the first 5000 LPs and first 1000 CDs including demo versions of the album's tracks), and subsequently on Indigo Records in the US. Both versions were released in 1992.

The album generated an overwhelmingly strong critical response. According to ''Variety'', the album was “not so much stripped-down rock as it is flayed-alive rock”. MTV described it as "a dark, twisted, arresting work which sounds both rubbed red raw and invigorating", while the ''NME'' praised it as "a crossover point possessing natural songwriting and scorching guitar noise" in its 9/10 review. Around the time of the album’s release, Harvey attracted some controversy for posing topless, with her back to the camera and baring an unshaven armpit, on the cover of ''NME''. Received as well in the States as the UK, the album prompted ''Rolling Stone'' magazine to name the then-22-year-old Harvey the year's Best Songwriter and Best New Female Singer. In spite of the acclaim, "Sheela-Na-Gig" was the only single to chart in the US, at #9 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

In a 1993 critics' poll of the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time, ''NME'' ranked ''Dry'' at number 71, and in a similar poll conducted by ''Melody Maker'' in 2000, the album was placed at number 86. It was on Kurt Cobain's 50 greatest albums list.

Speaking to ''Filter'' magazine in 2004, Harvey said of her debut album: "''Dry'' is the first chance I ever had to make a record and I thought it would be my last. So, I put everything I had into it. It was a very extreme record. It was a great joy for me to be able to make it. I never thought I'd have that opportunity, so I felt like I had to get everything on it as well as I possibly could, because it was probably my only chance. It felt very extreme for that reason."

As of 2005, (according to AskBillboard) "Dry" has sold 175,000 copies in the US. - Wikipedia