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Album Review

The songs on Poliça's acclaimed debut Give You the Ghost flowed into each other in a blur of feelings and sounds that evoked the Cocteau Twins working with a cutting-edge 2010s R&B producer. Wisely, Channy Leaneagh, Ryan Olson, and the rest of the band don't try to recapture that stream-of-consciousness beauty on Shulamith. Instead, on this more ambitious and effortful follow-up, they bring order to those chaotic emotions, most notably in the frosty slickness of Olson's production and Leaneagh's more assured singing. Give You the Ghost was such a wild ride in large part because of her heavily processed vocals, which often transcended words and focused on the emotional resonance of her tones. On Shulamith, she downplays the special effects, giving these songs a clarity that makes them a fitting counterpoint to the dreamlike intensity of Poliça's debut. If Give You the Ghost was a tear-blurred meditation on loss, then this album embodies the sharper edges of independence; it's not until the breathy album closer "So Leave" that Leaneagh truly lets her guard down. Despite that tough shell — or perhaps because of it — Poliça imbues much of Shulamith with a darkly seductive vibe that peaks on "Very Cruel" and "Torre," where Leaneagh purrs tauntingly, "You can't have me anymore." In keeping with the album's more streamlined sound, the band's songwriting is also more straightforward; tracks like "Chain My Name," "Trippin'," and "I Need $" have honest-to-goodness hooks and choruses. This structured, measured approach means that Shulamith lacks some of the highs and lows that made Give You the Ghost so thrillingly intuitive, and at times the album feels almost too consistent for its own good. Not that there aren't standout moments: the formidable dual drum attack on "Vegas" and "Matty"'s dramatic pauses show Poliça still have a flair for drama. Even if Shulamith isn't as strikingly original as Give You the Ghost, the growth in its songwriting and emotional complexity suggests Poliça are in it for the long haul.

Customer Reviews

großartig !

toppt um 10% das vorgängeralbum. schneller , treibender und immer noch der besondere sound ( 2 Drums ) und die fast einzigartige stimme...

Das schwere, zweite Album

Um das vorweg zu sagen, das ist ein gutes Album, ein schöner Hörgenuss allerdings ist es nicht ganz so unbeschwert, überraschend, wie beim Debüt.
Poliça sind bei ›Shulamith‹ vielleicht doch ein bisschen zu sehr auf Bedeutungsschwere und Kunstwollen aus und nicht mehr ganz so experimentierfreudig und naiv, wie beim Erstling. Konnte mich beim Hören nicht dem Eindruck entziehen, dass das so auch von Portishead stammen könnte.

Wer dies mag sollte den Vorgänger kennen

Shulamith war der erste Song den ich im Radio von Polica gehört hatte und ich war gleich süchtig nach dieser Musik. Das ganze Album ist ein Hör - und Tanzgenuß, wird aber in seiner treibenden Kraft und Tiefe vom Vorgänger noch deutlich übertroffen.


Formed: 2011 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

An offshoot of Minneapolis, Minnesota's prolific Gayngs collective, electro-pop outfit Poliça features singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson as its core members. Leaneagh's vocal prowess was well-known around town, and Olson asked her to join Gayngs as a touring member. The pair began collaborating on their own music in June 2011, putting Leaneagh's versatile voice (she'd previously fronted the folk-rock band Roma di Luna with her former husband, Alexei Moon Casselle) in Olson's smooth electronic...
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