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PJ Harvey, On Tour: Please Leave Quietly 

Maria Mochnacz

PJ Harvey, On Tour: Please Leave Quietly
Directed by: Maria Mochnacz
In one of the opening dialogue sequences—in which PJ Harvey films herself by pointing a digital camera at a mirror—she sets out the framework for her first-ever live DVD by admitting “I’ve always hated live DVDs. I wanted it to be a real patchwork quilt of what it’s actually like, I didn’t want a smooth, slick concert, I wanted the ramshackle feel of how it is every day, the changeability.” Well, if that was the goal, then that is exactly what was achieved. Filmed during the tour for 2004’s Uh Huh Her (and directed by longtime collaborator Mochnacz), Please Leave Quietly intermixes live footage with backstage antics, street scenes, buggered sound checks and impromptu commentary from tour personnel and bandmates. Often interspliced and edited to a near distracting degree, the live performances are riveting, with Polly Jean displaying a venomous allure in her Oz-red high heels and short-skirted dresses. Very much the sultry vixen, but unlike the 10-car pile-up that is Courtney Love, Polly Jean is more gracious and exact than one would conjure given her acidic and often frightening lyrical display. For longtime fans, this will please to no end.
—Dave Hayden

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