Give You the Ghost

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Give You the Ghost
Give You the Ghost
Studio album by Poliça
Released February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)
Genre Indie pop
Length 45:39
Label Totally Gross National Product
Mom + Pop Music (re-issue)
Producer Ryan Olson
Poliça chronology
Give You the Ghost
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
BBC favorable[3]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]

Give You the Ghost is the first studio album from American indie pop band Poliça and was released on February 14, 2012, by Totally Gross National Product. It was re-released by Mom + Pop Music together with a remix EP on August 14, 2012.[10] "Wandering Star" and "Lay Your Cards Out" feature vocals by Mike Noyce from Bon Iver. On the use of vocal effects, Leaneagh explained that "I'm not using Autotune to correct my voice, I'm using it to distort it, to catch the notes in between the melody line".[11]

Critical reception

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Give You the Ghost received an average score of 77% based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Rolling Stone's review of the album said that Leaneagh's "focused, tender voice cascades over dense fields of minor key electronics, backed by funked-up bass and a swarm of percussion. It's the sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously."[9] Consequence of Sound's review said that "the post-prog-rock percussion and mellifluous bass, along with Channy Leanagh's Auto-Tuned swan songs, re-shape the intersection of rhythm and blues."[4]

Give You the Ghost was ranked at number 40 on NME's "50 Best Albums of 2012" list.[12] It was ranked at number 24 on Clash's "Top 40 Albums of 2012" list.[13]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Channy Leaneagh; all music composed by Ryan Olson.

No. Title Length
1. "Amongster" 3:59
2. "I See My Mother" 4:26
3. "Violent Games" 4:12
4. "Dark Star" 5:01
5. "Form" 3:40
6. "The Maker" 4:19
7. "Lay Your Cards Out" 4:04
8. "Fist, Teeth, Money" 3:19
9. "Happy Be Fine" 4:39
10. "Wandering Star" 5:04
11. "Leading to Death" 2:56


Chart Peak
Heatseekers Albums[14] 15


  1. ^ a b "Give You the Ghost by Poliça". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  2. ^ O'Brien, Jon (May 1, 2012). "Give You the Ghost - Poliça : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Allrovi.
  3. ^ Long, Jen (April 19, 2012). "Poliça - Give You the Ghost - Review". BBC.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Harley (December 22, 2011). "Album Review: Polica - Give You the Ghost". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Adams, Sean (March 29, 2012). "Poliça - Give You The Ghost". Drowned in Sound.
  6. ^ Richardson Andrews, Charlotte (May 3, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost - review". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Love, Josh (March 21, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost". Pitchfork Media.
  8. ^ Bloom, Dave (April 22, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost". PopMatters.
  9. ^ a b Flanagan, Andrew (February 8, 2012). "Give You The Ghost". Rolling Stone.
  10. ^ "Poliça Sign To Mom + Pop Records, To Re-Release Album". DIY. August 3, 2012.
  11. ^ McCormick, Neil (June 10, 2012). "Poliça's Channy Leaneagh, interview". The Daily Telegraph.
  12. ^ "NME's 50 Best Albums Of 2012". Stereogum. November 27, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Top 40 Albums Of 2012: 30 - 21". Clash. December 11, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Poliça - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2016.

External links

  • Give You the Ghost at Discogs (list of releases)
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