||Jetpack Blues CD (2002) |
Polara discography The anticipation that greeted Polara in its early days dissolves into a formulaic and, worse, dispirited performance on Jetpack Blues. The sound doesn't vary much; each track feels sleek and streamlined, with massive textural depth. Guitars roar, drums pound, synth pads shimmer, and vocal harmonies float overhead, oddly detached. Yet for all the wattage that this music consumes, passion flickers only occasionally. In fact, its primary reference is stadium rock, the sound that once drove younger bands toward the low-tech, high-cred seductions of punk and grunge. The opening cut, "Can't Get Over You," even seems mixed to evoke the din of an open-air concert heard from a distance, with the singing buried under instrumental billows. Ackerson's writing is similarly uninspired. There are hooks, but none of them stick, maybe because of the number of drummers who parade through these cuts: With no one's individual brand on the beat, the band never locks in. There are obviously words as well, but they can dribble down to slogans whose meanings don't necessarily clarify with repetition: The more Ackerson sings, "I'm not afraid to get higher," during the outro of "Wig On," the more dopey it feels. Jetpack Blues isn't a dud, but neither is it anywhere near what observers once expected of this band. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk
Recording information: Flowers Studio, Minneapolis, MN.
Polara: Ed Ackerson (guitars, electric bass); Jennifer Jurgens (guitars); Dan Boen (electric bass); Peter Anderson .
Personnel: Jennifer Jurgens, Ed Ackerson (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, synthesizer); Gary Louris (guitar); Dan Boen (synthesizer, programming); Erik Mathison, Peter Anderson (drums); Janey Winterbauer (background vocals).
||Green Shores CD (2006) |
Polara songs Personnel: Dan Boen, Jennifer Jurgens, Ed Ackerson, Peter Anderson .
||Pantomime CD (1996) |
Polara CD discography Recording information: Ed's Home; Terrarium.
Personnel: Ed Ackerson (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, programming, loops, sampler); Jennifer Jurgens (guitar, organ); Peter Anderson (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Paul Q. Kolderie; Sean Slade; Tom Lord-Alge.
||Formless/Functional CD |
Polara albums Contains hidden tracks.
Polara: Jennifer JeRae Jurgens (vocals, guitar, organ, synthesizer); Ed Ackerson (vocals, guitar, bass, organ, piano, synthesizer, samples, programming); Peter Anderson (drums, percussion).
||Polara CD (1995) |
Polara music CDs 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 ...
||C'Est La Vie CD (1997) |
Polara discography C'EST LA VIE contains an unlisted track after "Shanghai Bell."
Polara's full-length bow in major-label life starts out with one heck of a noisy bang on "Transformation" -- Ed Ackerson, in particular, sounds like he wants to get some major sneers out to compete with Liam Gallagher -- and with that the quartet makes a partially over-the-top but still enjoyable hour's worth of songs. Given that the band toured with Spiritualized a couple of ...
||Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down: A Tribute To Kris Kristofferson CD (2002)
Polara CD discography Track Listing of songs: Hawk; Me and Bobby McGee; Sunday Morning Coming Down; Light of Magdala;
Popular or famous Polara music songs: Pantomime, Idle Hands, Light the Fuse and Run, Untitled, Obsolete, Incoming, Halo, Quebecois. More music songs Just The Other Side Of Nowhere, What's Come Over Me, Taupe, Jetpack Blues, Peaking Charlie, So Sue Me, Corporate Hegemony Smash the State!. More music songs Hold on to the Thread, Overboard, Listening Now, One Foot, I Can Believe. See All Songs
Polara albums Key Personnel
|Member Name||Worked With|
|Gary Louris||Jayhawks, Counting Crows, Golden Smog, Uncle Tupelo, Mark Olson, Wallflowers, Lucinda Williams, Dixie Chicks, Tim Easton|
|Matt Wilson||Dena DeRose, Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, Ted Nash, Ray Anderson, Lainie Cooke, Fred Hess, Lee Konitz, Bill Mays, Myra Melford|
|Peter Anderson||Mark Mallman, Honeydogs, Will Anderson, Ellis, Golden Smog, Ocean Blue, Peter and Will Anderson, John Schumann, Sing It Loud|
|Ed Ackerson||Golden Smog, Tim Easton, Limbeck, Mark Mallman, So It Goes, 27 Various, Antenna, Tracy Bonham, Jake Brennan & The Confidence Men, Matthew|
|John Strohm||Lemonheads, Blake Babies, Kim Fox, Lisa Germano, Mary Janes, Mary Janes (The), Star Hustler, United States Three|
|Matt Olson||Dana Legg Stage Band|
|Jennifer JeRae Jurgens|
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|Polara CD Discography of Music Albums|