Sunday, September 05, 2004
Little Fish, Big Fish
Watching Polly Harvey at the Apollo tonight, you are left in doubt as to her strength as a musician, vocalist and performer. Sadly however the set concentrates on her latest album and whilst a lot of it does sound better live, there is still a noticeable gap between this album and PJ at her very best. The odd track such as Who the Fuck? and The Life and Death of Mr Badmouth stand out, but even they pale against the few old favourites that she throws in.
As she breaks into Down By the Water, I'm drinning like a loon, but numbers like this do highlight how her latest work is a little off the boil.
That said, PJ is still a force to be reckoned with. Live, she is immensely imposing, a true rock goddess. Accordingly whilst this latest album and tour may not win her many new fans, the stalwarts all appear to be going home happy.
Polly on a bad day still whips the arse of 90% of the opposition.