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PJ Harvey: The Academy, New York NY

Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 10 July 1993

FROM GRUNGE'S "castration blues" to the glutinous gloom of Come/Red House Painters/Mazzy Star to tonight's support band Gallon Drunk (with their cliché-encrusted homage to Nick Cave's homage to primal blues), everyone in 1993 wants to cut back to the raw bones of a lost authenticity. But perhaps only a woman could bring a new dimension to something as hidebound as bluesy catharsis: Polly Harvey.

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