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PJ Harvey

4-Track Demos

British European back in stock '4track demos' contains eight songs from 'rid of me' and six previously unreleased songs all in demo form '4track demos' is pj harvey's second collection of album demos the first was included on the limited edition version of her 'dry' album and is further proof if it were needed of the astonishing power of her songwriting consisting of demos from the 'rid of me' album and six nonalbum tracks several of which had previously appeared as bsides to singles '4track demos' is as basic and strippeddown as you can get these tracks feature nothing more than harvey's slashandburn guitar playing and her brittle voice which ranges from a twistedly seductive whisper to fullon anguished screams by no means an easy listen the songs here are frequently uncomfortably personal sounding and often trade on the blackest kind of humor the standouts on this collection include '50ft queenie' delivered in an especially frenzied version featuring overdriven and distorted guitars and 'rub 'til it bleeds' whose already tortured sound is further amplified by harvey's edgy vocal which veers from pleading to sarcastic often within the same word 'mbike' is an early indication of the heavily bluesinfluenced tone of harvey's later material

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