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5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Let Pop Eat Itself, 18 Aug 2002
Modern music fans have a lot to thank David Bowie for, but even the most open-minded of fans must have been bemused when, at the start of this years Meltdown Festival, a 26-piece orchestra in white cossacks took to the stage.
However, it was the band that had the last laugh, as they blistered through a set that put every single pop group on the planet to shame, and left everyone else with a huge smile on their face.
Two months on and we have the debut release from the Polyphonic Spree - already being cited as having created the next big craze of vocal-harmonic pop. Somehow, I think this movement will be filed with New-Acoustic and Electro Clash as could-have-beens, since this lot appear to be genuine one-offs.
The track 'Sun' starts with an eerie slow-building chant, in the style of Low and early Flaming Lips before bursting into a huge sing-a-long where the gang beckon for the sun.
The title track is the big draw, and has been winning over the hearts of radio presenters such as Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq and Christian O'Connell. Rightly so I can confirm, since this surley must be one of the all-time great debut singles. Think of Belle And Sebastian's 'Legal Man' enfused with the Super Furry Animal's 'Something 4 The Weekend' and you're not far off. It's pretty safe to say that if you don't like this song, you probably don't like music!
The album is called 'The Beginnig Stages Of...' For the sake of the music industry, let's hope that this is only the beginning for this most wonderous of bands.