Album Review: Emma Pollock - 'The Law Of Large Numbers'

The former Delgardos frontwoman's triumphant return to grandiose indie

When going solo from a respected indie act, one should always ask ‘What would Björk do?’ Pollock – honey-lunged heroine of Scottish bluster-popsters The Delgados – disregarded this rule by chasing $$$s on her 2007 solo debut. Now Pollock has rediscovered her former band’s grandiose esoterica and stark, scratchy danger: ‘Hug The Harbour’ is tribal alt.pop, ‘Nine Lives’ sinister ragtime jazz and ‘I Could Be A Saint’ sounds like the most tuneful slashings of a serial killer nicknamed The Xylophone. Think Flo and Regina stalking Nick Cave; the music box threat of ‘Red Oranges Green’ or ‘Confessions’’ sultry electro wouldn’t be out of place on Björk’s ‘Post’. Now, where’s the swan dress?

Mark Beaumont

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8 / 10
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