Give You the Ghost

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Give You the Ghost
Give You the Ghost
Studio album by Poliça
Released February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)
Genre Indie pop
Length 45:39
Label Totally Gross National Product, Mom + Pop Music (re-issue)
Poliça chronology
Give You the Ghost
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC favorable[2]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[6]

Give You the Ghost is the first studio album from American indie pop band Poliça and was released on February 14, 2012, by Totally Gross National Product. It was re-released by Mom + Pop Music together with a remix EP on August 14, 2012.[7] "Wandering Star" and "Lay Your Cards Out" feature vocals by Mike Noyce from Bon Iver. On the use of vocal effects, Leaneagh explained that 'I’m not using Autotune to correct my voice, I’m using it to distort it, to catch the notes in between the melody line'.[8]

Rolling Stone's review of the album said that Leaneagh's "focused, tender voice cascades over dense fields of minor key electronics, backed by funked-up bass and a swarm of percussion. It's the sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously."[9] Consequence of Sound's review said that "the post-prog-rock percussion and mellifluous bass, along with Channy Leanagh's Auto-Tuned swan songs, re-shape the intersection of rhythm and blues."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Amongster"   3:59
2. "I See My Mother"   4:26
3. "Violent Games"   4:12
4. "Dark Star"   5:01
5. "Form"   3:40
6. "The Maker"   4:19
7. "Lay Your Cards Out"   4:04
8. "Fist, Teeth, Money"   3:19
9. "Happy Be Fine"   4:39
10. "Wandering Star"   5:04
11. "Leading to Death"   2:56


  1. ^ O'Brien, Jon (May 1, 2012). "Give You the Ghost - Poliça : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allrovi. 
  2. ^ Long, Jen (April 19, 2012). "Poliça - Give You the Ghost - Review". BBC. 
  3. ^ Brown, Harley (Dec 22, 2011). "Album Review: Polica - Give You the Ghost". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jun 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Adams, Sean (March 29, 2012). "Poliça - Give You The Ghost". Drowned in Sound. 
  5. ^ Richardson Andrews, Charlotte (May 3, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost - review". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Love, Josh (March 21, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost". Pitchfork Media. 
  7. ^ "Give You The Ghost re-release" 'Poliça Sign To Mom + Pop Records, To Re-Release Album' DIY Magazine 3rd August 2012
  8. ^ "Daily Telegraph interview 2012" Neil McCormick, 'Poliça's Channy Leaneagh, interview', The Daily Telegraph, June 10, 2012
  9. ^ Flanagan, Andrew (February 8, 2012). "Give You The Ghost". Rolling Stone. 
  10. ^ Brown, Harley (December 22, 2011). "Album Review: Polica – Give You the Ghost". Consequence of Sound. 

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