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Coupling lyrical naivity with an innate joy for life,
This review is from: The Beginning Stages Of ... (Audio CD)
It's needless to say that a band comprising of 25 Texans in white ropes is going to cause a stir amongst most demographic areas of society. But, instead of songs promoting the southern attitudes or 'Gay-bashing' that their physical image would otherwise lend it to, The Polyphonic Spree have concentrated their efforts on songs along the line the lines of 'Days like this keep me warm'. These hyms of quiet contentment seem to echo around your soul similar to those hauntingly exquisite atmospheres of Godspeed You Black Emporer or Sigur Ros and like the song suggests, help to keep you warm. Spiritually that is.
What can you do but smile when lyrics as simple as "Hey, it's the sun!" have such a powerful positive effect on your soul. DeLaughter's lyrical naivity similar to that of Trail Of Dead and The Eels gives a remarkable contrast to the orchestral maturity of the productions comprising of everything from French Horns to Theramins.
Basically, there's something for everyone on this album, catchy pop ('Soldier Girl'), arty noise-scapes (the otherwise irrelevant final track, 'A long Day') and finally, songs that will have you phoning the Polyphonic cult hotline with your credit card at the ready ('Light & Day/Reach For The Sun').
If you're losing faith in the world and need a breath of fresh air, or you're just looking for somewhere to leave all your money, feel the weight lift from your shoulders, you've just found them.