Arrows (LP)


Polly Scattergood

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Amoeba Review

10/21/2013

Polly Scattergood is a singer/songwriter for the next generation. She carries many traditional aspects of folk storytellers—namely personal, confessional lyrics, delivered in a fragile voice that sounds like she's on the verge of crumbling—but she and her producers wield synthesizers and drum machines rather than acoustic guitars. So while a song like "Falling" has a club-worthy beat, lyrics like "paranoia's eating me" seem more worthy of Thom Yorke than Lady Gaga. Kids hearing songs like "Wanderlust" and "Disco Damaged Kid"  and digging the EDM-friendly synths will be surprised to find much of Arrows deals with heady, emotional territory, much in the tradition of Bjork, Kate Bush and contemporaries like Lykke Li and El Perro del Mar. Scattergood is exceptionally skilled at blending both sides of the pop equation. She occasionally gets too caught up in her own emotional turmoil, but even then, that can be quite stunning. Closer "I've Got a Heart" is like a punch in the gut, an ode to depression and loneliness ("the doctor gave me pills to take/to stop me feeling quite so awake" she sings with a whimper) that she delivers sounding as if she's breaking down. For anyone who's been there, Scattergood makes wallowing sound heavenly on Arrows.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Cocoon
Polly Scattergood 04:35
2.
Falling
Polly Scattergood 04:31
3.
Machines
Polly Scattergood 04:29
4.
Disco Damaged Kid
Polly Scattergood 03:41
5.
Colours Colliding
Polly Scattergood 04:13
6.
Miss You
Polly Scattergood 03:31
7.
Subsequently Lost
Polly Scattergood 04:17
8.
Silver Lining
Polly Scattergood 05:13
9.
Wanderlust
Polly Scattergood 04:19
10.
I've Got A Heart
Polly Scattergood 05:18

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