I was also very privileged to see/hear PJ Harvey live the other night on Jay Leno. She performed "Grow Grow Grow" off her recently released album entitled White Chalk. Despite the fact that I am a big fan of quirky artists like Tori Amos and Björk, I haven't listened to any PJ Harvey before. The album is very unique and I like the sound, which evidently is different from most of what she's done before. This review of White Chalk from amazon.com describes my thoughts entirely:
"There's a minor key, folksy feel to it, from the acoustic instruments to the restrained, whispery sound of PJ's matchless voice, the lyrics suggesting old murder ballads and overheard confessions. It's autumnal, just right for this time of year, spooky and haunting, a suite of sepia toned chamber music in the key of regret, nostalgia and dread. The same way a whisper makes you listen more actively than a shout,the quiet complexity of White Chalk remains intriguing -- there's something to it, something that moves and engages, shaded rather than hid, making the whole profound and real in a world that so often prefers sameness and plastic pretension." -James Agnew
Like that guy said, it's a perfect album for the fall season (which happens to be my favorite season second only to Christmas). So in conclusion, I am enjoying the pumpkin season along with some very good music. I recommend you spend the next few minutes giving these albums a listen online or wherever you choose to listen to clips from new albums. And here's the promo video for Raising Sand...a short insight into the making of the album.