Dry (1992) The American debut of British singer-songwriter Polly Jean Harvey is a scorching portrait of the dark side of the female psyche. In "Oh My Lover,"… P.J. Harvey Rock
Music Review

Dry (1992)

EW's GRADE
A+

Details Lead Performance: P.J. Harvey; Genre: Rock

The American debut of British singer-songwriter Polly Jean Harvey is a scorching portrait of the dark side of the female psyche. In ''Oh My Lover,'' the singer, stripped of dignity, literally begs for attention; in the concussive ''Sheela-Na-Gig,'' a man ridicules a woman's pride in her body. Harvey redeems her disturbing subject matter with cathartic vocals and her own caustic guitar and violin playing. Dry is an uncompromising work of exhilarating, cauterizing beauty. A+

Originally posted Oct 02, 1992 Published in issue #138 Oct 02, 1992 Order article reprints