Shulamith - Poliça
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  • Summary: The second release for the Minneapolis indie band led by Channy Leaneagh includes a duet with Justin Vernon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 83
    It's propulsive enough for dance floors, and dreamy enough for headphones. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.100]
  2. Oct 21, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. 80
    Poliça may have more to offer, especially if they can branch out from a blueprint that they rightly feel very comfortable with, but for the time being Shulasmith is a finely executed and thematically and emotionally rich record.
  4. Oct 15, 2013
    70
    The work is consistently compelling but dense. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.93]
  5. Oct 17, 2013
    70
    There are plenty of strengths to Shulamith, not least that it chiefly shares its blueprints with its spellbinding debut. But in expanding its horizons, it dents the assured sense of identity which made Give You the Ghost so utterly enrapturing, and reverses the dichotomy of maximalist-emotion alongside minimalist-music.
  6. Nov 18, 2013
    60
    On their second album, the followup to 2012's buzzy Give You the Ghost, these kids blend distant, white-on-white melodic minimalism with early-Prince electro burp-'n-grind.
  7. Oct 15, 2013
    50
    Shulamith picks up pretty much where that album left off, mixing elements of yacht rock, soul, hip hop and dub into a smoothly melancholic whole--but at times Leaneagh’s vocodered emoting makes you wonder if this isn’t just Dido for the blognoscenti.

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  1. Oct 23, 2013
    8
    It's been forever since I liked a local band, but this one might squeak in at #10 in my favorites of the year. I've listened to it two times this morning. And to think I couldn't quite finishing listening to their first album. The slurred Cat Power vocals, sad and mysterious and restrained, are woven into claustrophobic little melodies. There is a delightful sameness from track to track, as if they are all telling a slightly different version of the same heartbreaking story. It's very self-assured, and the musical direction is clear. Electronica that makes you glad to be unhappy. I give it an 8 for it's confidence, it's ingrown melodies, and its dour verve. What a great mid-week surprise. Expand