PJ Harvey recorded "The Mess We're In" a year after Dusty Springfield passed away to breast cancer in 1999. Springfield was an Irish lass born (1939) in the UK as Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien and her soul and voice rivaled anyone's anywhere. PJ Harvey is likewise UK born (1969) and her career continues on course. On this track she is joined by Thom Yorke. Both tracks skim the ceiling.