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Is This Desire? is the fourth studio album by English musician PJ Harvey, released on 28 September 1998 on Island Records. It was repressed on vinyl and cd in late January 2021. A separate demo compilation of tracks from the album titled Is This Desire? - Demos was also released on vinyl LP....and this is the version we have currently in stock.
Recorded on and off in Somerset and London between April 1997 and April 1998, it was co-produced by Flood, Head and Harvey herself, and featured instrumental contributions from Rob Ellis, John Parish, Mick Harvey, Eric Drew Feldman, Joe Gore and Jeremy Hogg. It marked a move away from Harvey's earlier guitar-driven rock style into subtler, quieter, atmospheric soundscapes and mood pieces based around keyboards, bass and electronics.
Harvey spoke about the making of the album in an interview with Filter magazine in 2004, indicating it was the project of which, to date, she was proudest. "Again working with Flood, again trying to find new ground, but a particularly difficult time in my life. So, it was a very, very difficult, difficult record to make and still one I find very difficult to listen to, but probably my favorite record that I've made because it had a lot of guts. I mean, I was making extremely difficult music, experimenting with techniques I hadn't used before and not really caring what other people thought about it. I'm quite proud of that one." She also told The Telegraph, "I do think Is This Desire? is the best record I ever made—maybe ever will make—and I feel that that was probably the highlight of my career. I gave 100 per cent of myself to that record. Maybe that was detrimental to my health at the same time."
It is the first PJ Harvey album to feature lyrics printed on the inner sleeve.
A2 The Sky Lit Up
A3 The Wind
A4 My Beautiful Leah
A5 A Perfect Day Elise
B1 Electric Light
B2 The Garden
B4 The River
B5 No Girl So Sweet
B6 Is This Desire?
Artwork – Maria Mochnacz, Rob Crane
Consultant [Mastering] – John Parish
Executive-Producer – Sumit Bothra
Mastered By – Jason Mitchell
Performer, Recorded By, Producer – PJ Harvey
Photography By – Maria Mochnacz
Written-By [All Songs] – PJ Harvey