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  • Summary: The debut solo release for the Arcade Fire keyboardist was recorded in a week.
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Anna
Hey, little Anna, you're the one Rising before the lazy sun Open the store and bake the bread Leave all the dreamers with the dead Pray that... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Magnet
    Mar 12, 2015
    85
    Policy shows that Will is more than capable of getting the kids to wake up. [No. 118, p.53]
  2. Mar 5, 2015
    80
    They’re all terrific songs.
  3. 80
    Policy is twitchy and endearingly ramshackle, channelling the can-do spirit of early-80s indie and the affability of Jonathan Richman.
  4. Policy is a gloriously unhinged sprawl of a record, but fittingly for the man who constructed sparse piano tech-paeans for the soundtrack to Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie Her, the downbeat moments resonate, too.
  5. Mar 3, 2015
    70
    On Policy, he proves that he's worth more than playing second or third fiddle.
  6. 60
    Policy is enjoyable enough, but one hopes that for its follow-up, Butler takes time to find the most accomplished realisations of his material.
  7. Apr 14, 2015
    40
    Policy is actually all over the musical map.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Feb 19, 2018
    9
    Fun short and to the point.Fun short and to the point. Listen to it. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2015
    8
    Sometimes the songs plod, sometimes the lyrics are... overly ridiculous. But this album knows what it is, knows what it wants to do, and doesSometimes the songs plod, sometimes the lyrics are... overly ridiculous. But this album knows what it is, knows what it wants to do, and does it well. "Sing to Me" and "Anna" are stellar tracks; they prove Will Butler can and has come into his own as an artist. Definitely recommend giving it a listen or two. Butler is one to watch. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2015
    8
    Short, sweet, and to the point. Will proved that he simply isn't a tag along for a great band, Arcade Fire. He proved through out the albumShort, sweet, and to the point. Will proved that he simply isn't a tag along for a great band, Arcade Fire. He proved through out the album that musically and vocally he is talented. It's a short album (only 8 songs with a little over 30 minute run time) but surprisingly very good. Expand