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19th February 2008

I’m in love with PJ Harvey

Posted by: Kitten Power

small-pj-harvey.jpgA week on from PJ Harvey’s concert at The Civic in Auckland, I just have to close my eyes and I am back there snuggled in my seat, lost in her tortured genius.

Polly Jean wafted onto the stage on Wednesday night in a head-to-toe white shock frock, which she could have borrowed from Nicole Kidman’s character in The Others.

Her appearance created a spark of cheers, but her wallowing guitar silenced every whisper in the room with the opening refrains of “To Bring You My Love”.

The exact opposite of her dress, she was dark.  Her show was a pure thriller, from the harrowing heaviness of her guitar to the gentle melody of the piano.  Her voice was deep, then screeching, then gentle.

When she performed the song Silence from her new album White Chalk, I was left shivering.

But Polly Jean herself was not so frightening.  She sat at the piano with a straight back and when she spoke she sounded like a prim and proper Englishwoman, telling the crowd she has a bit of “jip” in her knee and that the words scrawled across her dress were lyrics to her songs.

There was plenty of banter from the crowd in return.  A brave friend of mine from Wellington sparked a marriage bidding war when she shouted “Marry me PJ” from the third row.  Harvey said it was her first marriage proposal and I wish I had been the one to ask.

I have never before thought I could sit and listen to one artist play for the rest of my life, but with PJ Harvey - I really think I could.  

Is there any musician you’ve felt like you wanted to hear forever? 

Tags: Music

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 I’m in love with PJ Harvey | Nicole Kidman Celebrity News // Feb 20, 2008 at 6:07 pm

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  • 2 Craig Young // Feb 22, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Call me a raving emo, but definitely Evanesence. Amy Lee rocks!!!


  • 3 ladyfly99 // Feb 24, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Hey Nice! I agree with most of your observations….and yes Candice IS a total HOTTIE!!!!

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