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Album Review

Talk about your teenage symphonies to God. The Polyphonic Spree create the most euphoric, uplifting pop music imaginable. A self-described symphonic pop band crediting an astounding 29 members, their guilelessly spiritual lyrics and flowing white robes suggest they're a cult act in both the literal and figurative sense of the term, but the sheer joy of their music is undeniably persuasive, evoking the otherworldly brilliance of everything from Pet Sounds to The Soft Bulletin. Leader Tim DeLaughter, late of the oft-annoying Tripping Daisy, has harnessed something truly pure and enriching this time around — imagine Up With People entering the studio with Dave Fridmann in the producer's chair, and you're getting close. This is life-affirming music of the highest caliber. [The album's U.K. edition was issued via 679.]

Customer Reviews

Not just one song

The other reviews seem to only highlight one song, this is an amazing album packed with songs that will make you feel great. Buy it, if you like it buy their 2nd album, if you still like them try your hardest to see them live, they are one of the best bands I've ever seen and they somehow make their music even better when on stage. Stand out track for me is probably Soldier girl or possibly Hanging Around The Day, Pt.1, these were the first 2 Spree song sI heard and I've loved them ever since.

Reach for the sun

I found this track purely by accident. Always the best way I think. It was used on some flash animation and I did a bit of diggin to find it. The animation was poor but the track's amazing, uplifting and life affirming. Really cheesy, but strong. Soo going to be overplayed in my favourites.

review 2006

brill song it really makes u think about the state of the world. its a great up lifting song though, though it could have had more of a beat to it, i still recomend this song to those who dont like fast music, when i was listening to it it made me smile and felt happy inside. ppl u have to buy it is 4 stars .


Formed: 2000 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When the Polyphonic Spree first appeared in 2000, the Dallas symphonic pop group was as much a band as a "happening," in the 1960s sense of the word. The Spree's two dozen members took the stage in flowing robes of snowy white, an appropriate backdrop for their happy and uplifting blend of pop, orchestral rock, and minimal touches of gospel. The costumes changed over the years, but the Polyphonic Spree's message remained...
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