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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, May 01, 2006
    Good golly Miss Polly
     
    PJ Harvey's 2004 tour DVD came out today. She didn't want a straightforward gig film; she wanted a chopped-up record of the whole touring experience in all its messy complexity. Result: a good little insight into Polly and crew on the road; but a bit frustrating because the strength of PJ Harvey onstage is her sheer sustained power and intensity - that gets lost in this DVD pastiche.

    Nevertheless, this, her first ever DVD, is a good record of a great tour - there are still some fine performances on here. And for me, this film serves as a nice reminder of the day she cheered up my Rooney-leaving-The Blues-blues by saying hello to me in the doorway of a Dublin bookshop hours before her storming Olympia gig.