Singles: Desert Sessions

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Desert Sessions: Feat. Josh Homme/PJ Harvey Out 3 November Desert Sessions are booked to appear on Later With Jools Holland this year. Can you imagine? Former Marilyn Manson guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, angst queen PJ Harvey… and the uber-shifty Jools cowering uncomfortably in the corner. It’s quite a line-up, but there’s something about ‘Crawl Home’ that doesn’t quite work. The fat, crunching bassline is delicious, as are the insistent, nagging hooks that drive QOTSA’s often overrated stoner rock, but in the absence of a memorable melody, Homme’s falsetto chorus feels extraneous to Harvey’s superior presence. She’s on top form here, all steely sexuality (nicely demonstrated by some urgent orgasmic moaning) and metallic sheen, but ultimately ‘Crawl Home’ veers uncertainly between a storming QOTSA rock-out and a pummelling Harvey track. Still, even Jools can’t possibly play boogie piano on this, and for that we should all be grateful.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003 

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