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"Is this desire?" is my favourite PJ Harvey album, I think it’s a lot better than this year’s album (although "We float" is one of the most beautiful songs of this year).
One of the more surprising nominees of this year were the Turin Brakes. I really like their "The Optimist LP", very beautiful songs with some strange lyrics.
To quote the review on allmusic.com:
After repeat plays, the meanings of many of the songs are still a little obscure, but the feeling definitely grows. There seem to be traces of earthlings here and there â€“ is that the spectral presence of the renowned Homosapien Paul Simon? Despite the acoustic setting this is almost as weird and original as Mercury Rev or early Captain Beefheart. File under: I’m not sure whatâ€™s going on here, but itâ€™s interesting.