7/10 Brian Staff review, 11 October 2013
Got one of those indescribable feelings about this album, that state of mental flux that dictates you are both mildly annoyed yet charmed by a suite of songs. Polly's a kooky ethereal pixie from Colchester in Essex if yr unacquainted thus far with her cutsie orchestral heartbreak electro pop and piano-laced balladry - I don't know why I'm particularly taken with this second album of hers on one of the UKs most enduring indies, Mute, it's not my usual cup of tea?
'Arrows' isn't particularly original y'know. However, the strength inherent in her work lies in the hook-laden dramatics, heartbroken confessionals and the glistening, anthemic theatre of it all. There's definitely some love poured into the sonic detail too, her sometimes fragile sad-hued ikky choked whisper can start to grate on occasion, only then to blossom into soaring impassioned diva mode - she's definitely an artist your girlfriend would like, drinking liberally from a pool of established female inspiration that is vast enough to encompass Bat For Lashes, Shakespeare's Sister, The Knife, Annie and the ubiquitous Kate Bush.
There may be tragically be a touch of Alisha's Attic in there too but overall it's a fun album for people who dig catchy ladypop with a little integrity and don't have an aversion to a spot of over-egged cheesy fluff.
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