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PJ Harvey: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York

Devon Powers, PopMatters, 3 September 2001

APPARENTLY I'D HEARD correctly — and the critic was the gangling boy behind me, piping up shortly after lead singer Polly Jean Harvey joined her band onstage. While throngs of the crowd whooped as she seductively strapped an electric guitar over her plunging red blouse, forcefully cupped the mike as if it were something too hot to handle and began crooning, he leaned over to his Doppelganger/companion, his face screwed and eyes ablaze. "Damn it", he grunted. "I liked her so much better when she was uglier."

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