PJ HARVEY – Her 4th Album ‘IS THIS DESIRE?’ Turns 20…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

27 September 2018


Album: IS THIS DESIRE? Her 4th LP

Released: 28 September 1998 – 20 years ago

ROLLING STONE review: “A classic-rock spinster druid in Dr. Marten drag, a demon stewardess on her very own astral plane, Polly Jean Harvey knows she has a great formula,
and she doesn’t mess with it on ‘Is This Desire?’ Her lusty English-farm-girl voice and guitar
still trace the fates of glamorously doomed heroines with names like Angelene, Leah and Elise… But for all the gothed-up Eurogloom, Is This Desire? is a lot of fun. Harvey makes her deranged fantasies of feminine evil sound like a righteous Saturday night, albeit a bleak and stormy one… But for all of her fabulous masks, Is This Desire? hits home because it comes down to a very simple sentiment: Harvey wants to know what love is, and she wants you to show her.”

Full review here .

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: PJ is unique in voice, sound, vision, story-telling and performance. And my all-time Harvey fav track ‘The Wind‘ is on this one.

THREE TOP TRACKS: Wind / A Perfect Day Elise / The Garden

* WIND – best PJ track ever…

* A PERFECT DAY ELISE – haunting…

* THE GARDEN – mesmeric…

ALBUM in full…

PJ HARVEY: Website – Facebook – Discography 

One of a desirous kind

(photo: FB – PJ Harvey)

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