Polly Paulusma

Decades: 2000s


10 November 1976, Cambridgeshire, England. The daughter of a Cambridge, England university professor and an accomplished portrait artist, Paulusma was hailed by critics as an intelligent singer-songwriter in the vein of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega when her debut album appeared in 2004. After the huge success of posthumous releases by Eva Cassidy in the late 90s, a particular brand of easy listening, soul and jazz-inflected folk found favour with a strand of the UK record buying public. Although Scissors In My Pocket sold modestly and predominantly nodded towards folk and soul, rather than jazz, it was clear that Paulusma had been marketed in order to appeal to those who had invested in the success of Norah Jones and Katie Melua. In comparison to the other artists on their roster, such as Björk and Dan Sartain whose general output was of a maverick and experimental nature, Paulusma was a surprisingly MOR signing for One Little Indian Records. She openly...

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