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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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One of the most hauntingly, beautiful, joyful albums I've ever had the pleasure to own. An absolute masterpiece.


Born: 09 October 1969 in Yeovil, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

During the alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few have proved as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of her career, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of her era, exploring themes of sex, love, and religion with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and a twisted theatricality. At the outset, she led the trio PJ Harvey, which delivered her stark songs with bruisingly powerful,...
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