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Give You The Ghost

Poliça Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B0071CJLSW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

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.

--Jen Long

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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical creativity at its best 4 Aug 2012
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Eclectic ethereal music that is deeply moving. Penetrating vocals despite the overlay of distortion. Here's to the beginning of a new creative strain in contemporary music and an end to bands that sound like other bands from the end of the twentieth century. Beautiful female vocals make this great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 Nov 2012
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Rare review from me...but this is brilliant. Best new music heard in a long long time. Songs that get under your skin, original and accessible. Two Drummers a bass player and vocals with added dashes of synth. Just pips the Alt-j album for record of 2012. Recommended to lovers of music now with an open mind and fed up with the usual re hashing of whats gone before...but is so approachable too. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rewriting The Rule Book 30 April 2012
By Gannon
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Contemporary and noteworthy R&B comes in roughly three forms. First there is the inventive, sample-happy smoothness of budget producers-cum-miracle-workers like The Weeknd who offer a genuinely refreshing take on the brain-dead pap that schmoozes its way out of most radios daily. Next there is the windblown wanting of bedroom-bound wunderkinds like Guerre, Top Girls and, of course, How To Dress Well who all seem to have found the misplaced soul of the much-maligned genre.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marmite, but I liked it a lot! 10 Feb 2014
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I caught Polica on a Later with Jools Holland and was intrigued by their unusual use of autotune.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polica 25 Oct 2013
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This is a slow burner. It took me a year to get this band. Don't expect to like it straight away. I found that I would do something else in the house while this played, then stop and listen with a need to listen to the CD again.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Try not to make every song sound the same... 20 April 2013
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Loved the singles, but the producer seems to think that echo/multi-tracking the vocal ALL THE TIME is novel, and a particular drum sound (especially to round off tracks) is always a good conclusion. It isn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much autotune 30 Mar 2013
By djf
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The title of my review says it all. I bought this after being impressed with their appearance on Jools Holland, but the massive overkill on the autotune strips the soul out of this album. I know it was deliberate, to comply with the style of the music, but it didn't work for me.

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
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 30 Mar 2013
By karla
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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 value
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan Truman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant surprise
This album was a surprise to me as I had not come across it or the group until I heard the first track played at the end of one episode of the TV series 'Person of Interest'. Read more
Published 19 months ago by E Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely different, good quality recording
Decided to buy this based on other Amazon reviews (from people who had purchased similar CDs to myself). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Simon Brenchley
4.0 out of 5 stars love it....
the album has an excellent drum and bass feel. good singing but it needs concentration with the over dubbing effects of voice
Published 20 months ago by PJH
3.0 out of 5 stars Trancy Dancy
Polica takes you to another place. Music that echoes round your head and absorbs you. No pop classics but who wants pop anyway?
Published 20 months ago by Johnboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff!!!!
Never heard of them and bought it on the basis of Amazon reviews and I am very pleased with this purchase. Really good sound and hits all the right notes for me.
Published 20 months ago by David Hume
5.0 out of 5 stars Polica CD
Very well liked and has been played a great deal already! It is good company when recipient and partner are planning a big event.
Published 21 months ago by Bear on Rails
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably THE BEST of 2012
Highly processed, echoed and reverbed vocals above strong drumming and throbbing bass.

Heart wrenching melodies that walk the line between dance and despair. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Avram
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