Eclectic and expansive 11-piece ensemble Poi Dog Pondering proves adept at mastering diverse musical styles and controlling the commercial end of their own distribution and production. They're at their most sublime and inimitable in the pop ballads. To even the first-time listener, such Poi Dog warhorses as "Pomegranate," "Catacombs," and "Complicated" offer that instant familiarity of a successfully crafted song. Any pop music creator would be proud to have one of these as a "one-hit." But, such a Holy Grail as chart success eludes Poi Dog Pondering. This is high crime, as any track on Pomegranate will move you to tears or joy on close listen.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte