Polly Scattergood

Wander alongside charming, Brit-pop darling Polly Scattergood's somber and experimental self-titled album.

Polly Scattergood’s self-titled debut will likely please the lover of smart, depressive Brit pop—the lady has oodles of musical capacity and a charming lyrical darkness that belies her blond, sprite appearance. Much of the album consists of slow jams that, for all their piano-driven minimalism, cool, electronic soundscapes, and lovely, whispered vocals, may be better as shorter pop tunes. However, as this is the 22-year-old’s first effort, we’re happy to go along for the experimental ride, allowing (and enjoying) some musical meandering. Three winners that deftly showcase Scattergood’s versatility, cleverness, and musical chops are buried in the middle of the album, so patient listeners will rejoice as the record builds up to its best tracks. “Please Don’t Touch,” is so good, it should be the opener; “I Am Strong” and “Unforgiving Arms” will also dazzle listeners with their gloom-pop perfection.

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