- Audio CD (30 April 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Memphis Industries
- ASIN: B0071CJLSW
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Give You The Ghost
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Welcome to the new world of pop. As the UK charts remain filled with the same lazy lyricism and dime-a-dozen Diplo rip productions, there are artists on the outskirts pushing our perceptions and pretentions of pop to an ever-extending boundary. Think Grimes and her Mariah-manipulating vocal, or The Weeknd and his slickly skewed RnB cuts. And now think Poliça. And don’t forget them.
Already heralded by the likes of Justin Vernon and Jay-Z, this Minneapolis outfit have a lot of hype to live up to. And on debut offering Give You the Ghost, they do just that. Formed from members of the already much-respected Gayngs, Poliça came into being after lead vocalist Channy Leanagh showed growing potential in the eyes of her bandmate-turned-producer Ryan Olson.
The album’s subject matter finds its roots in the least groundbreaking of musical motivations, a recent break-up: an age-old muse, but one that profits the 11 tracks with unbound honesty and sentiment. Instead of a tired and wallowing rehash of the past, we’re offered a search for future understanding and acceptance, explored through a world of reverb and Auto-Tune.
On album centrepiece Dark Star, Leanagh levels, “Ain’t no man in this world who can pull me down from my dark star.” It’s an essential summation of the feelings encapsulated on the record. The lyrics are accessible, but never too personal, the context never too glum or over-bearing. It’d be easy to breeze through Give Up the Ghost on first listen and take away nothing but the beauty of it all. Yet it sucks you in, and with every listen a new line flickers into the fray.
Of course, all this happens over the real backbone of the album: its stunning production, intelligent musicianship, and creative use of sounds and samples. The songs twist and spark with flares of percussion, solid basslines, and the occasional blast of brass.
It’s difficult to pick holes in Give Up the Ghost, to separate its influences or pigeonhole it to a specific niche. Poliça have created something that is both unique and universal. Something very pop.
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Top Customer Reviews
The singer really can sing, but they use autotune to present her voice in a radically different way.
The antithesis of the sterile and bland way Daft Punk use electronica, Polica's is an ephemeral, gritty kind of sound that's likely to make a real impact on you (although if you like lyrics you might find the level of distortion too much).
They manage to present the style well live too.
Finally, now comprising Poliça, we have the fluid Minneapolis member-base that is rewriting the rule book on the use of auto-tune and soft-focus instrumentation. Their debut LP Give You The Ghost seems to initially trace its roots back to Bon Iver`s breakout a capella "Woods" and then through the pioneering work of the 25-strong soft rockin' outfit Gayngs that culminated with the release of their impressive 2010 album Relayted (on which Justin Vernon himself turned in a Bone Thugs-n-Harmony double-take). Backbone of the Gayngs collective, Ryan Olson understandably liked their direction and enlisted fellow subscriber Mike Noyce (equally of the Bon Iver band), as well as bit-part Gayngs vocalist Channy Leanagh (then Moon-Caselle) for the Twin City shakers' next step - upping all their gayme if you will as Poliça.
Using heavily auto-tuned manipulation and echo-looping of Leanagh's eerie voice, Give You The Ghost thus quite quickly becomes a showcase for the striking use of the tool as an effect rather than a form of compensation. More pleasing still is that the album's deluxe bedding for this weapon is equally becoming - cue a rich palette of ticking, chattering instrumentation under which the band's two drummers (Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson) exercise their skins eagerly.Read more ›
Certainly a few stand-out tracks that would be good on your iPod in Shuffle mode!
However the glorious Dark Star almost single-handedly redeems this album, a wonderful record, which shows a template for what the rest should/could have been
I do find that bands that take a while to grow on you tend to stay with you longer. These are one of those bands.
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i had been looking for this album for a long time and was very pleased to see it here for such great valuePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by karla