'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.