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Polara

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In the wake of a solid music-press buzz, Polara's debut album is as fresh and bracing as a bucket of ice water in the face. It's kind of hard to pigeonhole this band, which is refreshing -- part dewy-eyed psychedelic sentimentality ("If you feel it, let it show!," singer Ed Ackerson implores on "Avenue E"), part punky bombast ("Counting Down" features the world's harshest guitar sound) and part gimmicky overkill (check out the voice treatment on "One Foot"), this album has all the offbeat charm of a goofy kid nephew. How do they manage to get such a consistently horrific guitar sound on "Counting Down" and yet make the song itself so pleasant? And how do they deliver those whimsical lyrics without ever sounding hippy-dippy? Polara's home base of Minneapolis has a history of producing weird but lovable bands and personalities (Husker Du, the Replacements, Prince), so this is just one more example of the fact that breeding shows.

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released February 14, 1995

Tracklist

Counting Down 4:15
Allay 5:03
Source Of Light 2:53
Squelch 3:59
Listening Now 4:45
Taupe 2:55
Avenue E 4:07
Anniversary 6 4:23
One Foot 2:34
A+B=Y 4:44
State 3:07
Letter Bomb 3:47
Untitled 10:14

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Polara Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ed Ackerson formed Polara with drummer Peter Anderson, guitarist Jennifer Jurgens, and bassist Jason Orris, continuing his interest in 1960s psychedelic pop but adding a heavy element of Krautrock-inspired electronics and keyboards.[11] Polara was Ackerson's first band to gain significant national attention. Polara released 5 albums & 2 EPs between 1995 and 2006. ... more

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