Emma Pollock - Paper And Glue

After seven albums with her former band, Emma Pollock shows she is still serious about making good music, and doesn't sound like she will be letting up anytime soon.

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Released 27 Nov 2007 | | By Daniel Good | Rating: 3-5
Emma Pollock - Paper And Glue

It was really only a matter of time after the the break-up of The Delgados until the first solo album would appear. Not used to failing our expectations, Emma Pollock has recently embarked out on her own and her new single from that effort delights the ear with two well crafted folk-rock songs that have a light yet luscious quality between them, like a gourmet dessert.

'Paper and Glue' starts with a startle of piano then breaks into flight with well orchestrated components. Pollock's voice is still simple and beautiful with no fussy ornamentation, and she sings tasteful lyrics that draw just enough attention to themselves for thought without distracting entirely. What is impressive here is that layers of sound seemingly seep out of nowhere to subtly thicken the song. This incrementation pools around the chorus with rivulets that remain, building the song to its close.

In 'I Have A Double', all that sneaky production is worn on her sleeve, with tambourine shakes over a bluesy beat, Blues Brothers organs, and wailing slide guitar that slips the song into a country rock opus.

After seven albums with her former band, Emma Pollock shows she is still serious about making good music, and doesn't sound like she will be letting up anytime soon. The only thing that could be fairly said against her is that she may be working too closely to her comfort zones. Regardless, 'Paper and Glue' should please fans who can't make it to either of her tours or find the full-length ('Watch The Fireworks'). It may even attract some new ears with Pollock's comfortably worn-in and admirable style.