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The Polly Johnson Set - Album Review: The Polly Johnson Set

18 Mar 2019 // A review by Jacquie Walters

Get your hands on this self-titled debut album from The Polly Johnson Set as soon as possible. It’s the album you didn’t know you needed.

Joyful, ironic, funny, poignant, and meaningful - these songs cover all the bases and more. Beautiful harmonies dominate throughout, wonderfully supported by clear production and complementary musical accompaniment.

It’s refreshing to hear the band’s takes on male angst in I Want You To Notice Me and First World Problems is certainly a track for our times. The lyrics are outstanding as is the faux outrage in the lead vocal.

Little Rays is the stand out track for me, including its lyrical nod to the band’s hometown of windy Wellington. Turn it up loud in the car and wind the window down, it’s a rollicking good time.

But there is also depth and pathos here. Judas and Seventh Daughter are particularly poignant and cautionary in equal measure.

This is an intelligent and well-crafted piece of work. It’s hugely enjoyable and much appreciated right now.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

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