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Polly Scattergood, Arrows
(Mute Records)

08/08/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



8/8/2013 - How does one make the sound of eyes rolling? This second album from the weepy British overactor is the scariest-yet reminder that back-to-school is in the air, as you may encounter someone who would dig this in your own dorm or sardine-can apartment. It’ll be the scary girl, maybe a cutter, who keeps her bangs brushed over her face, eats exactly 20 saltines a day and somehow can’t understand the basic nature of boys in their early 20s, which really is scary and confusing, isn’t it? You can help this human fruit-bat by giving her this album, a set of weeping, paper-thin-porcelain-fragile tunes, dark, frozen and wayyy the hell overplayed. I physically cannot go back through the lyrical swamp to give specifics, but the gist is trip-hop/Fiona Apple-ish Franken-techno, bearing sentiments of “Oh, you don’t love me of course why would you, I miss him, it’s so dark, I am lost, blah blah blah.” Branding at its most cynical, unless she really has these feelings, which … ah shaddap, Polly Scatterbrain, I do not believe you. And that hurts, it really does — pass the saltines already. C+ Eric W. Saeger






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