United Crushers

Poliça - United Crushers
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Ratings: #447 / 758
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2016 Ratings: #312
March 4, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mom + Pop / Label
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A.V. Club

If United Crushers isn’t exactly optimistic, its vitality suggests that feeling friendless, cast aside, or trapped on your sucky street corner need not ruin your weekend.

Loud and Quiet

‘United Crushers’ is here to debunk the notion that Poliça are doomed by their own experience with the simplest of tools – better songs.


There's beauty to be found here, and as ever a longing that love can help ease all, if not at least make you forget your woes for a while. It's a screwed up world, but Poliça are taking it head-on and with a spring in their step.


It is ... an album of two halves; while filled with experimental tendencies, it comes plagued with dreaded topics, issues of politics, and sees the four-piece create something impressible to ignore.


United Crushers is driven by the seemingly contradictory desires to bring things together and break them apart, but Poliça bring them into harmony with a gloves-off fearlessness, resulting in their most impassioned and immediate music yet.

The Guardian

Channy Leaneagh’s vocals are no longer distorted as default, and heard alone, they sound slightly as if delivered while fighting back tears. It all adds up to a record that bristles with mournfulness and melodious joy. Older, wiser, but far from jaded.

The Line of Best Fit

Poliça's bold new record serves as a clarion call to all of us who are fighting bravely for the cause, be it art, love, or rebellion.


If this really is Poliça’s “final paper” (as Leaneagh’s called it), then they’ve excelled themselves with the most intimate and empowering album of their career.


This is awkward, sharp elbowed music that requires time and effort to fully appreciate, yet the complex textures and image-laden, thought provoking lyrics will gradually reveal themselves to those prepared to be patient.

Drowned in Sound

Despite its heavy subject matter, this record sparkles and whirrs in a way that is very easy to fall in love with.


Poliça’s third album is perhaps more spiritually linked to the essence of Leaneagh’s fluid and sometimes delicate voice, radiating outward from her talents rather than closing in on them.


In combination with the lyrics and a relentless feeling of despair, United Crushers can come across as a draining listen, perhaps even an uncomfortable one to those accustomed to their earlier work. It takes a few listens to discern the resolve in Leaneagh’s lyrics, but it’s there: kernels of hope in a sea of shit.

Under The Radar

It may not be as immediate as some of their earlier material, but it was a necessary endeavour for a band trying to make sense of the maelstrom of the modern world.

The 405

For an album so drenched in sadness, there is a disco for the downhearted lurking beneath its surface.


United Crushers is equally political, but too exhausted to exactly work as a protest album so much as an album for when all the protest's been sapped out.

Consequence of Sound

For once, the darkness of Poliça’s shadows are too muddled to make the climb through them worthwhile.

The Skinny

It's beautifully crafted, but this is not the Poliça album to cement their appeal at a level outside of the devoted hardcore.

Summer Please [95]
Lime Habit [99]
Someway [100]
Wedding [98]
Melting Block [98]
Top Coat [102]
Lately [93] (-)
Fish [99]
Berlin [101]
Baby Sucks [100]
Kind [104]
Lose You [97]

Top 5:

5. Baby Sucks
4. Someway
3. Berlin
2. Top Coat
1. Kind
Cuando la banda de Minneapolis, Poliça surgió por primera vez en 2012, su esencia se guiaba por la electrónica sensual y fantasmal. Y mientras que su segundo disco sonaba ligeramente más brillante, su producción era todavía claramente inquietante. Sin embargo, en “United Crushers” parece que han tratado de madurar.

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#37/Loud and Quiet
#87/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. Summer Please
  2. Lime Habit
  3. Someway
  4. Wedding
  5. Melting Block
  6. Top Coat
  7. Lately
  8. Fish on the Griddle
  9. Berlin
  10. Baby Sucks
  11. Kind
  12. Lose You
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