12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following 1996’s ear-stinging collaboration with John Parish Dance Hall at Louse Point, PJ Harvey offers a subtler kind of menace with this slow-burning embrace of electronica. The murmuring rhythms and creeping atmospheres of “Electric Light”, “The Garden” and “Joy’ evince her friendship with Tricky, while the portentous rumble and giddy chorus of “A Perfect Day Elise” are underpinned by a syncopated beat. Exploring emotional extremes once again, Harvey’s vocals are impeccably controlled yet stunningly expressive, rendering Is This Desire? a triumph of both adventure and restraint.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following 1996’s ear-stinging collaboration with John Parish Dance Hall at Louse Point, PJ Harvey offers a subtler kind of menace with this slow-burning embrace of electronica. The murmuring rhythms and creeping atmospheres of “Electric Light”, “The Garden” and “Joy’ evince her friendship with Tricky, while the portentous rumble and giddy chorus of “A Perfect Day Elise” are underpinned by a syncopated beat. Exploring emotional extremes once again, Harvey’s vocals are impeccably controlled yet stunningly expressive, rendering Is This Desire? a triumph of both adventure and restraint.

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