Arrows - Polly Scattergood
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 22, 2013
    70
    There is no doubt that Scattergood is deeply connected to the journey that she voyages through on Arrows, and it's clear that only a small future refinement would result in more songs like the shimmering electro-pop of "Subsequently Lost."
  2. Sep 23, 2013
    60
    Scattergood's voice may be an acquired taste, but she works it skillfully. [Jul 2013, p.80]
  3. Sep 23, 2013
    40
    This is a patterned Wellington boot of a record, more suited to looking boho at a festival then actually having a splash around in the swamp of the human soul. [Aug 2013, p.104]
  4. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    Not a bad song on the album. [Oct 2013, p.96]
  5. Oct 22, 2013
    70
    The 10 tracks that make up Arrows will wrap you up, hug you close and tell you stories before placing you back gently, where they left you.
  6. Oct 22, 2013
    60
    Despite those candid confessions, Arrows never bows to Scattergood’s self-indulgence, given the swooning synths and other cosmic confections.
  7. Sep 23, 2013
    60
    There are not enough personal elements on this album and too many invented ones. It's frustrating, too, because the honest snippets that occasionally poke through really shine.
  8. 80
    Arrows may also be trying for anyone tired of Welch/Goulding/Houghton orchestral overdrive. But it's worth fighting through that for the cacophonies of prettiness.
  9. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    There are glints of light here and there, and some saving humour in the 26-year-old's lyrics.

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