To Bring You My Love

To Bring You My Love
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Studio album by PJ Harvey
Released27 February 1995
RecordedSeptember–October 1994
StudioTownhouse Studios in London, United Kingdom
PJ Harvey chronology
4-Track Demos
(1993)4-Track Demos1993
To Bring You My Love
Is This Desire?
(1998)Is This Desire?1998
John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey chronology
Dance Hall at Louse Point
(1996) Dance Hall at Louse Point1996
Singles from To Bring You My Love
  1. "Down by the Water"
    Released: February 1995
  2. "C'mon Billy"
    Released: July 1995
  3. "Send His Love to Me"
    Released: October 1995

To Bring You My Love is the third studio album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey. It was released by Island Records in February 1995. Recorded after the break-up of the PJ Harvey trio it stands as her first proper solo album. The songs on the album are heavily influenced by American blues music.

Harvey co-produced the record with Flood and John Parish. To Bring You My Love would be the first of Harvey's many collaborations with Flood and Parish. The music on the album was played largely by Harvey and Parish, with contributions from seasoned musicians Joe Gore, Mick Harvey, Jean-Marc Butty, and others. Many of the musicians who appeared on the album joined Harvey on tour to support it in 1995.

To Bring You My Love is considered to be PJ Harvey's breakthrough. It garnered massive critical acclaim worldwide and became her best-selling album. The single "Down by the Water" received extensive airplay on radio and on MTV. The album was placed on Rolling Stone magazine's original list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Background and History

PJ Harvey took a break from the spotlight in 1994. After releasing two studio albums (Dry and Rid of Me) and a compilation (4-Track Demos) in less than two years, she kept a low profile for most of the year. Harvey made only one public appearance in 1994, performing The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" with Björk at the annual BRIT Awards.

Using the royalties she received from her first two albums, she bought a house in rural England close to her parents' home in Yeovil. She described her new home as "completely in the countryside. I have no neighbors. When I look out the window, all I see are fields."[4] Living in near isolation, she began writing the songs that would appear on To Bring You My Love.