The Polyphonic Spree, 'The Fragile Army' (TVT)

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The Fragile Army
Critical Mass
Label: TVT

by Lane Brown

Rare is the 24-piece symphonic rock collective that takes criticism constructively, but singer/songwriter Tim DeLaughter and his Dallas-based crew seem to have done exactly that. The Fragile Army trades the cluttered arrangements and too-long instrumental passages of their first two albums for tightly focused orchestral pop with big Technicolor hooks. Even better, the band tests the limits of its quasi-religious, happy-all-the-time ethos with songs that surprisingly explore the range of human emotion -- if you listen closely, you might actually hear a minor chord.

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