5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Flawed but good nonetheless,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Is This Desire? (Audio CD)
I found this album great in parts, but annoyingly flawed. I had a strange relationship with it, I think I could find a part in every song which would make me dismiss it, yet by in large it still works and the highs in this album are excellent. First off, this album is a pretty dramatic departure from her previous albums, with some very dark and experimental moments - some songs consist of little more than a fuzzy bass line, whilst vocals on "The Wind" are almost entirely made up of whispers. The album tends to veer from these moments to more conventional songs like "Angelene" and it works very well - I never feel the urge to skip between tracks.
There are some real flaws however, and surprisingly for a PJ Harvey album they tend to come from the vocals. Nobody bar Johnny Cash can get away with "dear god life ain't kind, people gettin born and dyin" and the delivery of these "snarly" moments just seems very un-natural (and un-needed). Furthermore there are some Jeff Buckley moments where Polly attempts to show off her vocal talents at the expense of the song - we know she's got a great voice it's really not needed. When it comes together however, notably on "The Garden" the results are breathtaking.