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[a]Polak[/a] do anthemic ballads like McDonald's do burgers  incessant, uniform, efficient but oddly unsatisfying...

London Camden Falcon

You want it to work, you really do. When the band are pulling out all the stops, you can't help but want them to be all the things they see in the bedroom mirror.



Especially at moments like this. [a]Polak[/a] frontman Pete Fijalkowski leans into the crowd, gently waving a sparkler, face dripping wet like he may just keel over any second, the band poised to launch into 'I'm Sick'. You only hope the inspiration matches the perspiration. Then the song starts.



And, well, it's not bad - a ballad builds nicely, like a souled-up James, and peaks at a pumped-up, Hammond-washed high just a whisker away from spine-tingling. But you've heard this song before - earlier in the set, in fact, and you'll hear it again soon because [a]Polak[/a] do anthemic ballads like McDonald's do burgers - incessant, uniform, efficient but oddly unsatisfying.



Fijalkowski has been here before with spunky anti-shoegazing tykes Adorable and maybe their ultimate failure to set the world alight can account for the bruised-but-hopeful sound of [a]Polak[/a]. Whatever, it just keeps on coming right to the end with single 'Impossible' where Fijalkowski, eyes on a fresh future, croons to himself as much as anyone else, "Nothing's impossible if you want it".



If only.

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