Friday, June 01, 2007

The Polyphonic Spree - The Fragile Army

Stop the presses! The Polyphonic Spree make an angst ridden metal album! Only joking, of course this is another feel-good, skip through the summer fields, happy clappy, in your face celebration of being alive. Do these people ever have a bad day? Probably. Do they ever turn it into a song? Of course not! This another chapter in the musical saga that is the Polyphonic Spree.

Running Away
and Younger Yesterday are clear examples of how much they haven't changed. Running Away is a song that is a perfect representation of them as a band. It's like running away with the wind in my face, It's like flying, And you and I are open wide they sing with all the gusto and exuberance of a choir. We Crawl and Overblow Your Nest are the closest things your going to get to unhappy songs on this album, but even with them they manage to make into something grand and beautiful. They genuinely brighten you up with songs like Watch Us Explode (Justify) which is probably my favourite song on the album. It bubbles with joy and holds a more rocky undertone that their other work. Just listening to the album draws a smile on your face and that is a wonderful ability that they have as a band. I wouldn't change them for the world even if I had that kind of power.

1 comment:

Behn K said...

Having 'found' a pre-release copy (ahem) I have to agree with EVERY word you say. The last track is especially annoying however, as you just want the album to keep going once it is finished!