Give You the Ghost

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Give You the Ghost
Give You the Ghost
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)
GenreIndie pop
LabelTotally Gross National Product
ProducerRyan Olson
Poliça chronology
Give You the Ghost

Give You the Ghost is the first studio album by American indie pop band Poliça. It was released by Totally Gross National Product on February 14, 2012. It was re-released by Mom + Pop Music together with a remix EP on August 14, 2012.[1] It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.[2]


"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".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Consequence of Sound[7]
Drowned in Sound9/10[8]
The Guardian[9]
Rolling Stone[12]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Andrew Flanagan of Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, commenting that Leaneagh's "focused, tender voice cascades over dense fields of minor key electronics, backed by funked-up bass and a swarm of percussion."[12] He added, "It's the sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously."[12] Harley Brown of Consequence of Sound stated 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."[7]

The album was placed at number 40 on NME's "50 Best Albums of 2012" list,[13] as well as number 24 on Clash's "Top 40 Albums of 2012" list.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Channy Leaneagh; all music is composed by Ryan Olson.

2."I See My Mother"4:26
3."Violent Games"4:12
4."Dark Star"5:01
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


Chart Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 47
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 62
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[2] 15


  1. ^ "Poliça Sign To Mom + Pop Records, To Re-Release Album". DIY. August 3, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Polica Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  3. ^ McCormick, Neil (June 10, 2012). "Poliça's Channy Leaneagh, interview". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ a b "Give You the Ghost by Poliça". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  5. ^ O'Brien, Jon (May 1, 2012). "Give You the Ghost - Poliça : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Allrovi.
  6. ^ Long, Jen (April 19, 2012). "Poliça - Give You the Ghost - Review". BBC.
  7. ^ a b Brown, Harley (December 22, 2011). "Album Review: Polica - Give You the Ghost". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Adams, Sean (March 29, 2012). "Poliça - Give You The Ghost". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013.
  9. ^ Richardson Andrews, Charlotte (May 3, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost - review". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Love, Josh (March 21, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost". Pitchfork.
  11. ^ Bloom, Dave (April 22, 2012). "Poliça: Give You the Ghost". PopMatters.
  12. ^ a b c Flanagan, Andrew (February 8, 2012). "Give You The Ghost". Rolling Stone.
  13. ^ "NME's 50 Best Albums Of 2012". Stereogum. November 27, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "The Top 40 Albums Of 2012: 30 - 21". Clash. December 11, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  15. ^ " – Poliça – Give You The Ghost" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  16. ^ " – Poliça – Give You The Ghost" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2019.

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