Mojo Oct. ‘98
PJ Harvey
Is This Desire

Polly’s fourth full solo album has a tendency to be rather melody-free, with Polly speaking-singing like Patti Smith or almost rapping in places. The sounds are either punchy and distorted or whispery and bass-heavy. If you come on board as a fan of Dress or Man Sized you might be disappointed, if you liked the Tricky-like darkness suggested by parts of ‘To Bring You My Love’ then you’ll love this collection of edgy vignettes.