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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Neopolitan
  • ASIN: B00AAQ85F6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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It’s been three years since Wave Machines’ debut, Wave If You’re Really There, won them extensive critical plaudits and a burgeoning fanbase. The Liverpudlians have not been idle in the interim, however, inexorably crafting its successor in their studio in the shadow of their city’s Anglican cathedral; and in London, with sometime Arcade Fire and Goldfrapp knob-twiddler Lexxx.

Unsurprisingly, then, Pollen’s production values err towards the deluxe, and its 10, thickly textured essays brook no sonic argument. There is emotional heft here, too, with, by turns, clipped and soaring vocal performances from frontman Tim Bruzon, delivering lyrics which deal in everything from the nature of human companionship to the elemental power of the weather. There’s even a eulogy to the unsupervised Chinese cockle-pickers who perished in the tides of Morecombe Bay in 2004.

Opener Counting Birds sets the musical tone with its epic synth strings, crunching beats and up-front-and-personal vocals pitched somewhere between a whispered confession and a dismissive sneer. The ensuing Ill Fit adds liquid syndrums, choppy machine rhythms, falsetto voices and alliterative rhymes to the mix. It offers an acute, Anglo update on dancefloor Prince, proffering opaque lyrics about something which itches “like a scratch on a B side” – a neat image completely analogous with the song’s twitching, faltering funk.

Elsewhere, I Hold Loneliness alloys further kinetic beats with a thoroughly blissed-out pop chorus, while Home’s scrubbed guitars, rhapsodic chorus and busy drums suggest a Merseyside Arcade Fire. The old-school drum box and lullaby vocals of Unwound, meanwhile, recall the solo work of The Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop.

The beats recede for the title track – the aforementioned cockle-pickers’ tribute. Its gentle, waltz-time electric guitar arpeggios and mournful harmonium tones are instantly arresting and prove a poignant foil for Bruzon’s careful, non-sententious lyrics. These touchingly contrast the “hard bodies” of Antony Gormley’s iron figure Another Place sculptures (located in nearby Crosby Sands) with the “soft bodies” of the dead Chinese workers.

Solid, but never stolid, Pollen is a finely wrought, modern funk-pop artefact which wears its emotions on its sleeve. Odd, then, that its most affecting moment occurs when the dance machines are turned off.

--David Sheppard

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We have waited a long time since the release of "Wave if you're really there" and it has been well worth it.

While these tunes have an immediate appeal on first listening, it wasn't until I sat down with a good pair of headphones in a quiet place that I began to fully appreciate the work that has gone into this music.

Haven't yet decided which is my favourite track. Maybe "Ill Fit" or "Counting Birds" - we'll see.
Study it or just play it in the background, this is a masterpiece from the Liverpool Wave Machines - thanks guys.
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Wave Machines' second record is the sound of a band upping their game. Their sonic palette has broadened considerably and, whilst there are less poptastic moments, the album is, on the whole, more satisfying than their wonderful debut wave if you're really there. It's more engaging and absorbing. It reminds me of Talk Talk in parts. Standout tracks are the singles ill fit and i hold loneliness, the unbelievably intense home and weird and wonderful closer sitting in a chain, blinking. No filler at all.
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Been waiting for this record for a very long time. Loved 'WIYRT' but was blown away by this.

Beautiful textures and sounds and songs that suck you in over repeated listens.

Don't leave it so long for the next one eh lads?
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Never heard of Wave Machines before hearing a track in a store and became an instant fan. Production on this is album is brilliant and takes you on a great journey where it can loop and you don't mind listening all over again, infused with consistent emotional highs.
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