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Music For The Long Emergency

Poliça & s t a r g a z e

Music For The Long Emergency

The Minneapolis synth-pop indietronica outfit's fourth album is a collaboration with s t a r g a z e, a Berlin-based orchestral collective

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The conclusion is both stirring and reflective, an unusual amalgam of styles and forms that feels appropriately uneasy—a soundtrack for these uneasy times
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  2. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Poliça and s t a r g a z e encapsulate what it means to be human in times of global distress
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    An assured record that brings out the best of both collaborators
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Though dark times have inspired and shaped this work, there is light and hope in its message of communication, achieving a real sense of togetherness
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Something of a career highlight for all concerned
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    Poliça are suddenly sounding much more languid than we’ve heard them before
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Orchestral manoeuvres and electronica in haunting collaboration. Print edition only

  8. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    When a musical response to a politically lost society feels so appropriate, it is a wonder how anyone is listening to album after album of perfect cadences at al
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  9. 7.0 |   The Music

    After a difficult and sometimes dispiriting third album, Polica's rejuvenated sound and spirit suggest that their best may still be yet to come
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  10. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    At the very least, this project cements a partnership between two wildly divergent collectives, across two continents – and in today’s divisive atmosphere, that’s a relief in and of itself
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  11. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Has some interesting elements but is ultimately underwhelming
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  12. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It is emotive and affecting, pushing and pulling at the atmosphere as the tracks swell high and dive low, taking you the listener with them
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  13. 6.0 |   The 405

    An often difficult, not entirely successful, but largely interesting listen
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  14. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    For all the anxious rhetoric of its literary namesake, Emergency flourishes when it avoids aggression
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  15. 5.2 |   Pitchfork

    It becomes difficult to tell which of the tensions that manifest are intentional pieces of a conceptual framework, and which are the unexpected byproducts of Poliça and s t a r g a z e’s experimental mode of writing
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  16. 4.8 |   Earbuddy

    It all just feels like a wasted opportunity at something more meaningful
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