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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000T7QX9Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

There is no question; Emma Pollock is destined for big things. Having spent over ten years as part of Scottish epic soundscapers The Delgados, when the group split in 2005, Pollock decided she would rather run the solo musical gauntlet than take a nine to five and sink into any sort of mundane existence.

Listening to Watch The Fireworks, mundane is not a word you'd associate with Pollock. Twisting and turning at every opportunity, her debut album has something of a whimsical quality but with marked rocky overtones. Each track is uniquely incongruous, some upfront and full of attitude but containing an intriguing sensitivity, and others quiet, thoughtful but subtly aching.

'Adrenaline', the first single with its tumbling excitement, is a life-loving, fortune-grabbing track. But the bright melody darkens and reality kicks in as angry guitars descend in all their minor key incongruity. Likewise the rocky 'Acid Test', which has been plastered all over the airways of late, encompasses romantic notions undercut with bitterness. 'I called your name out, sunny and blue; I picture sitting just me and you' Pollock sings - a moment of almost childlike romanticism amid ferocious guitar dissonance. 'If Silence Means That Much To You' with its spinning drum riff and pounding piano is a reminder Pollock is no wide-eyed dreamer, while opening track 'New Land' has an unusual fairground feel, highlighting a playful streak.

There is an overwhelming feeling of unpredictability about this album - you never quite know when Pollock is going to blow. But it is not all alpha-female you'd-better-not-mess-with-me-mode. Watch The Fireworks mixes in melancholic dreamscapes that reveal a hidden vulnerability. 'Fortune', stripped back to lonely piano with a chorus draped in trademark Delgado echoey vocals, is a beautiful track. 'Limbs', with its mystical piano chords and Pollock's beguiling voice has a beckoning impossible-to-resist-quality. The overall orchestrated approach recalls much of The Delagdos' material, a band that never received the worldwide applause they undoubtedly deserved. Closing with the epic instrumental of 'The Optimist', she leaves the way clear for the next leg of her musical journey. Pollock's strength is her ability to write convincing pop songs and straight-up beautiful tracks - none of this flash-in-the-pan chokingly superficial nonsense. Watch The Fireworks could finally give The Delgados' lady the international acclaim her ex-bandmates were so cruelly denied. --Gemma Padley

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For rather obvious reasons, there are echoes of the Delgados here, and you can hear back in Universal Audio some songs heading in this direction. But it's not a continuation, far from it. The opening to New Land might lead you to question for a moment how the album is going to progress, but it all unfolds beautifully; the delicate fragility of Limbs and The Optimist, the sublime melancholic dreaminess of Fortune, the lilting rhythm of If Silence Means That Much To You... All of which without mentioning Emma's voice. As a great Delgados fan, I was hoping for something good - this is amazing.
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For those of us almost in mourning over the loss of the Delgados in April 2005, a treasured and underrated unique-sounding band, the consolation of an album by Emma Pollock, one of its principal members, has been a very long time coming. The news, shortly after the amicable split, that she had been signed to the highly suitable Four A.D. label was soon followed by radio appearances on which promising new songs such as Paper And Glue and Limbs were performed acoustically with the help of brother-in-law Jamie Savage on second guitar and piano. In Spring 2007 she was back on the radio, still previewing the songs, this time also sharing piano duties with Jamie Savage, as the album, although it had been recorded in the main between March and April 2006 at the new Chem19 Studios in Hamilton and added to in New York later in the year, was still not out.

I'm pleased to report that the delay has been worthwhile as the album cracks and sizzles with confidence and style throughout its forty-three minutes, and reveals to me for the first time just how much of a contribution Emma Pollock must have made to the Delgados. Although it is more stripped back and lacks the big orchestral arrangements of some Delgados records (a cello, played by Alan Barr, escapes onto just one song), in many ways it sounds more like a Delgados record than Universal Audio did: the enchanting vocals that give the songs their soul, at time airy, at others melancholic; the entwining and surprising melodic structures and sounds; and not least the evocative, distinctive and intelligent lyrics.

Of course, former Delgados drummer and husband Paul Savage also contributes to the sound, additionally supplying dulcimer and omnichord.
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Having tried to "get into" the Delgado's but having been put off by banal lyrics I was no prior fan. Then I was persuaded to go see her at The Paisley Arts Centre and quite enjoyed her self effacing show I borrowed her 2 CD's.

This one is superb ! Great indie-pop with catchy tunes with great energy and haunting slower numbers. The lyrical content is excellent. Buy now...shockingly overlooked. Check out some of the material on You tube videos. Great.
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Beautiful vocals and marvellous rhythms. Pretty hard to flick past upon scrolling through the music list... An easy five stars to allocate.
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I gave this album as listen because my friend is a fan of the Delgados. The first thing I noticed was the monotony of Emma's vocals and by the third song I was starting to snooze. The songs have little variation and are musically uninspiring. On a more positive note (no pun intended) the songs are unoffensive. So if you are planning a party for a large number of guests and you are concerned about catering for peoples' varying tastes in music this album would be perfect. I highly doubt any of the guests would consider the music unpleasant but they are equally unlikely to be inspired.

The record company's attempt to promote the album in the first review is an ominous sign
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