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When We Stay Alive


When We Stay Alive

Fourth album from the Minneapolis indie synthpop band led by Ryan Olson and Channy Leaneagh

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Memphis Industries
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  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    When We Stay Alive maintains an illuminating narrative throughout, communicating that yes, life's misfortunes can be tough, but through the healing process, we can return to our lives stronger than ever before
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    Emotionally raw, elegantly presented and at many parts a real tear-jerker
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    There’s a depth here that is surprising considering how sparse and barely-there everything seems to be. Arrangements are at times skeletal, only really gaining flesh on the bones when really necessary
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    After the soul searching of United Crushers, there’s a tranquility to Poliça here. It suits them
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    A timely reminder that while suffering is inevitable, so is our resilience in the face of hardship
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    A stunning tale of redemption and rehabilitation
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  7. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The synth-pop group don’t shy away from messiness and chaos on their difficult album
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  8. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The sound of an individual and a band finding a new purpose, a new way to live and create – even if it is within the confines of familiarity
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  9. 7.0 |   All Music

    By the time When We Stay Alive closes with the casting off of "Sea Without Blue," she and the rest of Poliça sound ready for a fresh start
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  10. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Once again Poliça releases an album with meaningful lyrics and engaging electronic compositions
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  11. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Revisits the kind of understated, politically slanted synth-pop that defined the Minnesota band's last two Trump-haunted albums. Nut Leaneagh also digs deeper on more hopeful, personal ruminations. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   Q

    At times, Leaneagh and Ryan Olson, her co-conspirator, glance off power-balladry, but when they ditch the linear, Poliça find their true form. Print edition only

  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    With none of the material really cutting through the production wizardry, this is another triumph for texture over songwriting
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  14. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A defiant examination of inner resilience
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  15. 6.0 |   The FT

    Atmosphere and drama are let down by an unclear theme on the Minneapolis band’s new album
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  16. 5.2 |   Pitchfork

    On the band’s fifth album, singer-songwriter Channy Leaneagh grapples empathetically with the daily life after a terrible accident, but the band behind her can’t keep up
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  17. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album to admire, rather than enjoy
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