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Is This Desire? (album) by PJ Harvey

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Is This Desire?
Is This Desire? by PJ Harvey (1998)
Overall rank: 1,514th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 190 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1998 (36th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (321st)
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PJ Harvey bestography

Is This Desire? is ranked 6th best out of 12 albums by PJ Harvey on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by PJ Harvey is Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea which is ranked number 332 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 8,539.

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77/100 (from 190 votes)
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70/100
The first disappointing PJ Harvey album. Is this desire?, unlike her first three amazing records, seems unfocused and slightly short on inspiration. It's not bad, I would say at least half of it, maybe a third if was being generous, is as good as any PJ albums, but there is, for the first time, on any of her albums, some filler. Along with, uh huh her, is this desire?, is a non-essential PJ Harvey album.
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Her most underrated album. Dark and difficult, but very good.
Best tracks: A Perfect Day Elise, The Wind, The River, The Garden.
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I've been listening to Polly's albums for the last couple of weeks. Most of the albums go into similar "ballpark" to me, I like all of them, but apart from certain songs, I'm not exactly head over heels for them. Most of them aren't musically that interesting or diverse. And I feel a lot of what she's doing on some of the albums, was done better by some other artists. I don't want to seem too critical though, I enjoyed her albums, and as I said, all of them are at least good.

With Is This Desire? though, I feel that she keeps similar consistency throughout the album, but also manages to suprise me musically. Some of this stuff is borderline trip-hop! Then there's that trumpet on The River, and I also dig the subdued synths on some of the tracks, like Angelene or Catherine.

I honestly don't understand why this album doesn't get nearly the same amount of love as some of her efforts. IMO, it's her best.
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90/100
PJ has a lot of great music, most of it off-beat (Stories From The City is probably her most accessible album), but nothing of hers prepared me for the haunting quality of this record. Probably the eeriest record I’ve heard since Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love. Not every song is great, but the ones that are—especially “A Perfect Day Elise,” “The River,” “Angelene,” and “No Girl So Sweet”—make this a Top 40 album for me.
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Electronic touches and somewhat impersonal writing. It's not as good as her first three.
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I get the same feeling from hearing this, that I get from listening to "Vespertine" from Björk, "Hell Hat No Fury" with Clipse and "Adore" from Smashing Pumpkins. It's these dark inaccessible records, which at first, sound like fragile failures, but which in the end, showes to have some kind of beautiful sense to the madness.
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From cartoken
a very different album from PJ Harvey, with a remarkable electronic touch. all Bjork + Radiohead's fans can only love this album.
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From badfaith
If you're coming from a more mainstream, pop sensibility, P.J Harey is a very challenging artist, and this is a challenging album.
I bought it when it came out on the strength of a Perfect Day Elise, but was horrified at how bad i thought the rest of the album was, so I put it in a box with other CDs, and there it stayed for a few years until i came across it again while going through the box for stuff to sell. I put it on, and was blown away... it's dark, a little terrifying, and acouple of tracks are still awful, but it's beautiful too.
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