By David Browne
Updated March 10, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

To Bring You My Love

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Polly Jean Harvey doesn’t give love a bad name, just an intense one. On album No. 4, she continues grappling with all things carnal and sensual: Her lyrics convey desire and love, while her barbed-wire voice betrays uncertainty about giving over that much of herself. Instead of topping the musical squall of her earlier work, though, the British alterna-queen has opted for arrangements (some of them sans drums) as spare and spooky as the sound of footsteps on an empty street. She should have pared down some of the excessive wind-rain-desert imagery, but To Bring You My Love (Island) is the most welcome of rarities: a move toward maturity without any loss of Harvey’s visceral power. A

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To Bring You My Love

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