Bomb Magazine
April - June 1999
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Brian Blade and the singer-guitarist PJ Harvey, two artists that gives a damn about risk management, and are forging fearlessly ahead in their own respective searches for authentic pulsing, emotional experience. Harvey's record Is This Desire? Is HUNG UP. Obsessed. The women in her songs don't care about who knows that they're staring into the headlights of Doomed Love. She knows and doesn't care. The sheer thrill of panic that comes from having your every thought ruled by another existence is the dangerous stuff that romance is made of and the fabric that binds Is This Desire? PJ coos and howls and whines and whispers these songs in an untheatrical realness that disturbs. Who whispers these songs in an untheatrical realness that disturbs. Who is she singing to? This Is Her Best Record Yet. Imagine Portishead as not just clever, but driven. Star-crossed and damned........Is This Desire? And Fellowship tell me that things don't always bite back - Sometimes They Kiss.