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Give You The Ghost

Polica

Give You The Ghost

Debut album from Minneapolis indie rock / electronica quartet formed by Gayngs collaborators Ryan Olsen and Channy Leaneagh

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Memphis Industries
UK Release date
30/04/2012
US Release date
14/02/2012
  1. 9.4 |   AltSounds

    This is experimental texture and classic heartbreak rolled into a record which so acutely recognises that beauty needs to have muddy waters while never straying too far from the surface of the skin
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  2. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A potent mix of double-drum heartbeats and agile melodies, and it strikes both emotional and visceral nerves
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A breath of the freshest air, gusting at you from all directions but never demanding you pay attention
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  4. 9.0 |   BBC

    Consider the hype lived up to, as this is one stunning debut album
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  5. 9.0 |   The Fly

    It’s an album that reels you in, enveloping everything in a black mist
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    You get the sense that some tears were definitely shed during the process of writing and recording of Poliça’s deeply moving, inspired debut
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  7. 8.5 |   Prefix

    Poliça have made their mark on this year’s music landscape – and that mark is anything but a distant echo
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  8. 8.3 |   The AU Review

    When Polica get into the groove, there’s not much that could be better. Even when they explore that outer limits of their creative comfort-zone they sound good
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    An exploration into the synergy of reengineering technology and humanity. Let yourself be taken on the journey
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Using the Autotune as an instrument in its own right creates a constant stream of modulation shifts, twists and turns, creating a lineage of otherworldliness throughout which never falls into the trap of gimmickry
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Riddled with spark, the twin drums and percussion often bringing the album to life, which when sat alongside the pulsing electronics creates a glorious concoction
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  12. 8.0 |   Spin

    Twin Cities songstress delivers tough, R&B-bent, live-wire electronica that doubles as Auto-Tune delight
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    A bewitching, urgent, magical debut. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   NME

    A shyly introspective listen that sits awkwardly with the industry furore surrounding it. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album which is far tougher and more dramatic than it appears on first glance
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  16. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    I remain wary of Auto-Tune, the ubiquitous robotic vocal effect that is going to make today’s pop sound incredibly dated in a decade. Used for something other than its novelty factor, though, it can really work
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  17. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Poliça have produced a heavyweight debut which is, an all honesty, some damn fine work
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  18. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It opens with 'Amongster', a drifting slice of mystery that sets the table for a series of vaporous excursions
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  19. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    The rhythm section in particular is afforded a fluidity and freedom typically only witnessed in jazz or funk spheres, the bulbous basslines and restless drums following their own whims rather than the dictates of pop-rock convention
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  20. 7.5 |   Tone Deaf

    An impressive blend of RnB and electronica, threaded together with sweet, spectral vocals
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  21. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Glossy AOR packs more than just pastiche. Print edition only

  22. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Give You The Ghost boasts some moments that are ambitious and different, appreciable on many levels
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  23. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Polica succeeds because they cover a lot of ground with few moving parts
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  24. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It’s sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously
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  25. 7.0 |   DIY

    An album that doesn’t tediously trail, instead being one of the most mesmerising pieces of work Polica’s members have created
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  26. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    That Leaneagh’s voice seeps out of the central position afforded most recorded lead vocals and into the crevices often filled by instrumental flourishes doesn’t make it function as another instrument, but rather as many instruments
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  27. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Its R&B-inspired electronica feels appropriately grief-stricken, fizzing with minor-key synths
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