The Fragile Army The 20-member orchestral-pop band The Polyphonic Spree first made headlines with their cult-like garb and shamanic paeans to peace and love. But it looks like… The Fragile Army The 20-member orchestral-pop band The Polyphonic Spree first made headlines with their cult-like garb and shamanic paeans to peace and love. But it looks like… 2007-06-19 The Polyphonic Spree Rock
Music Review

The Fragile Army (2007)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jun 19, 2007; Lead Performance: The Polyphonic Spree; Genre: Rock

The 20-member orchestral-pop band The Polyphonic Spree first made headlines with their cult-like garb and shamanic paeans to peace and love. But it looks like someone's spiked their Kool-Aid. Though The Fragile Army, with nods to both Arcade Fire and the Flaming Lips, is rife with the bombastic chords and brass flourishes of their debut, Together We're Heavy, there's now an almost garish cast to the proceedings — not to mention a sartorial misstep in their black military suits, which suggest Stasi over swami. Talk about mixed messages. C+ DOWNLOAD THIS: Get Up and Go

Originally posted Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints