Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 20, 2012
    90
    It's an album that reels you in, enveloping everything in a black mist, from the slick protestations of 'Dark Star' to the surging intensity of closer 'Leading To Death'.
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    90
    It's the interpretation of a human voice that elevates this record beyond a curious obscurist record and makes the simmering (but never boiling over) electronica truly shimmer.
  3. Oct 9, 2012
    89
    Its debut gets a lot of traction out of being crisp and clean.
  4. May 3, 2012
    80
    The album works best listened to in its entirely rather than separating each cut from one another.
  5. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    This record is an exploration into the synergy of reengineering technology and humanity. Let yourself be taken on the journey.
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    A bewitching, urgent, magical debut. [May 2012, p.103]
  7. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    Through the clever synchronization of spaced-out vocals and rambling drums, Poliça dispels psychological trauma in an easy-to-swallow, electro-pop pill.
  8. Mar 21, 2012
    76
    My only real complaint is that the physicality of the bass and drums could have been emphasized to an even greater degree-- while your ear is constantly drawn to the rhythm section's permutations, Leaneagh's voice sits perhaps a bit too prominently in the mix, and the exhilarating wildness of the drumming is often suggested rather than truly felt.
  9. Apr 30, 2012
    70
    Combined with the hypnotic instrumentation that blankets the record, it's easy to immerse yourself and get lost in its alluring character.
  10. Apr 23, 2012
    70
    Despite Leaneagh's claims that Auto-Tune and other effects are an attempt to render her voice just another instrument in the mix, Give You the Ghost is decidedly an album predicated on her vocals, even if it's not a "singer's album" in the traditional sense.
  11. Apr 19, 2012
    70
    It'd be easy to breeze through Give Up the Ghost on first listen and take away nothing but the beauty of it all. Yet it sucks you in, and with every listen a new line flickers into the fray.
  12. Apr 6, 2012
    70
    As Polica, they go some way to forging their own--snare rim snaps and menacing funk bass constantly chasing with Casselle's Auto-Tuned--but endearingly vulnerable. [May 2012, p.79]
  13. While it's an album prime for some excellent live renditions, it's the tendency to brood too much or even approach tedium at some points leaves further room for the development of this sound.
  14. Feb 17, 2012
    70
    The songs are of a piece with Olson and Casselle's previous work, yet slower, more tender--less sharp tongue and more soft cheek.
  15. 70
    Polica succeeds because they cover a lot of ground with few moving parts.
  16. Feb 17, 2012
    68
    It starts losing its nuance halfway through, creating a distraction from the effort as a whole.
  17. Feb 21, 2012
    63
    Give You the Ghost is only as transfixing as its singer.
  18. May 3, 2012
    60
    Their best arrives mid-album, with the seductive, chiming single Lay Your Cards Out, temporarily collapsing the album's darker tensions in to an aching, cathartic slow jam.
  19. Apr 25, 2012
    60
    Love School Of Seven Bells and The XX? You'll like this.
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  1. Mar 29, 2012
    8
    the closest I've ever heard pop coming to jazz, not stylistically, but conceptually. I love how free and prominent those drums and bass are. Not sure about the auto-tune, though... well, I don't know, maybe it works, in fact Full Review »