seethes with hypnotic power. -- Entertainement Weekly
A revelatory mix of classic rock, roadhouse R&B and cutting- edge dance music, Desire
transcends the dark, brooding thoughts that no doubt inspired it. -- People
Polly Jean Harvey simultaneously falls back on the elemental blues grounding that sets her apart from most of her generation while zooming ahead into trip-hop and techno. Whether whispering or keening, Harvey taps into a rich, mythic vein of expression. -- The Los Angeles Times
Each of Harvey's previous albums has been a distinct affair. She has taken steps forward not only in forging her sound but also in exploring the wealthy veins of rock and roll. So on first listen, Is This Desire?
seems almost disappointing, very close to same dark, woozy and bluesy musical territory she staked out on To Bring You My Love
. But it's been said that though good stories can be read once, great stories must be read twice. In that spirit, this album, beautifully complex and subtly shaded, deserves a few revisitations. A recommendation: spend a few nonstop hours with Is This Desire?
. It will change you. --Tod Nelson