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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chemikal Underground Records
  • ASIN: B002YY04HY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

The Delgados were one of the UK’s most consistently excellent bands. The Scottish quartet, of whom singer Emma Pollock was a founding member, released five studio albums, and were Mercury Prize nominated for their fantastic third, The Great Eastern, in 2000. That would prove to be their finest hour, but their other records come just as highly recommended.

Since their split in 2005, Pollock has followed a solo path. Her 2007 debut, Watch the Fireworks, was enjoyable but suffered from recent-memory comparisons to her former group. The Law of Large Numbers – released through Chemikal Underground, the label set up by members of The Delgados and once home to Mogwai and Arab Strap – benefits from further time having passed. It opens in stately fashion, Hug the Piano a solo on the titular instrument. But anyone expecting a wholly delicate affair will be in for a shock when Hug the Harbour follows – clean guitar motifs and precise percussion give the song a military feel, and Pollock’s voice sounds sharper than ever. The warmth of her accent remains, but her words cut deeper.

Which is a good thing given the lyrical treats spread across this set – though her first vocal relies heavily on easy rhymes, come the midpoint of this release the ante has received a considerable uplift. House on the Hill is exquisite, a song of amour going awry as the object of one’s affection finds the arms of another: “I wish that I could have it all again,” Pollock sighs, “but now it’s too late for me”. In her voice there’s real ache, and the silencing of the music around her on the chorus emphasises this longing.

At the opposite end of the sonic spectrum is Red Orange Green, which features edgier, focused instrumentation; it’s more post-punk than orchestral pop. Here, Pollock’s on the attack, despite initial promises of protection. “I get the feeling that there’s more going on here,” she supposes, as trust turns to doubt and the song layers on stabbing piano keys and metronomic percussion.

While sentimental on occasion, and certainly possessed by a lovelorn spirit that should connect with all but the hardest of hearts, The Law of Large Numbers never comes across cloyingly, its content ably handled and expressed with the same cliché-free purity The Delgados mastered. Not that this will surprise long-term Pollock fans, whose high expectations will surely be met here. --Mike Diver

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
'The Law Of Large Numbers' is Emma Pollock's
second solo outing. Her 2007 debut 'Watch The
Fireworks' was a characterful affair which despite
a few rough edges contained some fine songs (notably
the powerful and memorable 'Paper and Glue').

Three years on and the twelve tracks delivered here
show evidence of considerable musical development.

The structure of many of the songs is quirky and
unpredictable, both melodically and lyrically.

The tick-tock progression of 'Red Orange Green' is a
particularly fine example of her idiosyncratic style.

'Nine Lives' shifts beguilingly backwards and forwards
between the langourous tempo of the verse and the
rollicking brassy blues of the chorus.

'Letters To Strangers' is a particularly unsettling
composition. The elusive shifting melody and spare
instrumental arrangement twists and turns through
a number of interesting tempo changes, framing
Ms Pollock's chilly vocal performance perfectly.

'Confessions' is another unpredictable invention.
Built around an electronically generated beat the song's
bare bones rattle along in a surprisingly soulful way.

'Chemistry Will Find Me' is full of dark jangling chords and
ambiguous narrative imagery. Almost the stuff of nightmares.

'The Law Of Large Numbers' is an album of contrasts, light
and dark energy and intelligently refined musical ideas.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hill on 10 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I remember seeing the Delgados many times in their infancy and a great raw indie band they were but i would never have imagined that they would go all orchestral, be nominated for a mercury music award becoming over-produced and lacklustre. However one thing to come out of their demise is the rise and rise of Emma Pollock. Her first solo album was pretty good with quite a few excellent tracks but this second album is a definite improvement being much more mature and intelligent and showcasing her fine voice. The album opens (and closes) with a simple but lovely piano piece and the songs inbetween are quite quirky/dark and unexpected. It's almost vaudeville at times (it reminded me of The Dresden Dolls on a couple of tracks) but always intriguing and the album as a whole is a triumph which i'm sure will improve even further on repeated listening (a future 5*er).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filipe M. Veiga Magalhaes on 5 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the second Emma's CD and like the first one it's brilliant with well arranged songs full of harmony that drives me away! Great work!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Quiet Sensation 17 Sept. 2010
By Henry Platte - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Alright, I haven't reviewed anything on Amazon in literally...five years if I'm not mistaken. But I found it, well, scandalous that an album like this boasted only one review.

I admit that like many followers of Emma Pollock's solo career, I was a fan of The Delgados first, and view her work in a certain rose-tinted light. That said, I found The Law of Large Numbers astounding: musically gorgeous, lyrically witty, and thematically cohesive. It also has a certain quality that, as a musical amateur, I have trouble putting my finger on; but it makes you sit up straight. I often have to "get accustomed" to albums one song at a time but with this one, I listened straight through from the moment I loaded it.

I liked Emma's solo debut (Watch The Fireworks) a great deal, but even that didn't inspire something as drastic as getting back in the reviewer's saddle. This stands head and shoulders above that, and above any individual Delgados album. I always found The Delgados' inability to attain what you might call "critical success mass" rather puzzling; but if people aren't listening to this, I honestly wonder what they are listening to. Give The Law of Large Numbers a try; it may well be the best thing you've heard in quite some time.
Don't think about buying this ... Buy it! 22 Dec. 2011
By R. S. Kenewick - Published on
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The law of Large Numbers is a masterpiece. Emma's voice is amazing and the musical arrangements are staggering. Seriously people ... buy this.
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A MUST for the avid indie music fan - LOVE EMMA 11 Mar. 2010
By G. Goldman - Published on
I've been a supporter of the Delgados for quite some time and was thrilled to see Emma branch out on her own with such a fantastic sophmore album. This is a keeper, and easily competes with the quality of an 2010 alternative release on the market.
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