Album Review
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Polis - City-State

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Polis - City-State
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Polis is an unsigned ambient rock band from New Ulm, Minnesota that has been active for some years now in many different forms. They have cycled through multiple frontmen and other members in the past but have finally organized themselves into a more solid unit and released their first EP City-State.

How is it?

It’s okay. In a sentence, it sounds pretty good and is well produced but it lacks the necessary aesthetic to really be good. City-State sounds like Copeland’s You Are My Sunshine if someone tried too hard to be more aggressive with it. It’s clear what these guys are aiming for: a room full of people swaying back and forth slowly with their eyes closed and their cell phones out during a long instrumental jam. Sadly, they’re just not there yet. The biggest problem with this EP is the lyrics. There are only about 150 words used in the 12 minute EP and I can’t figure out what any of them mean. As a result, the vocals suffer. There’s nothing to connect to when listening to their music. He has a good voice but the vocals sound like he doesn’t really care about words that don’t really mean anything. These are talented guys with a good sound and if they can improve the lyrics and vocal delivery in the future, they’ll really have something worth listening to.

Recommended If You LikeCopeland - You Are My Sunshine, Ambient Rock

This review is a user submitted review from drailskid. You can see all of drailskid's submitted reviews here.
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05:07 PM on 05/02/10
Corey Hoffy
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Good review and all but... your rating doesn't match what you're saying. You'd think from the rating that you thought the album was complete trash. And you're saying that it's okay. An okay album is like in the 60s department. But, it's still a well-written review.
11:15 PM on 05/02/10
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yeah i guess. i would have put it at 4/10 overall but the lasting value and reviewer tilt killed the final score..

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