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Polyphonic Spree Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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1. Have A Day/Celebratory
2. It's The Sun
3. Days Like This Keep Me Warm
4. La La
5. Middle Of The Day
6. Hanging Around The Day Part 1
7. Hanging Around The Day Part 2
8. Soldier Girl
9. Light & Day/Reach For The Sun
10. A Long Day

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Polyphonic Spree ~ Beginning Stages Of The Polyphonic Spree

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1.0 out of 5 stars Polyphonic Garbage June 29 2004
By Zach
Format:Audio CD
It's great the Polyphonic Spree has 20 some odd members who are all in the midst of learning how to play often-times obscure and varied instruments...now if only they could learn how to write a song. If you like bloated choruses repeated over and over and over again, you'll dig this crap. Sure, they do a pretty admirable job of aping the Flaming Lips in terms of sheer bombast, but trust me, these guys are no talent ass clowns...it's really quite disheartening that they're receiving so much publicity when there are sooooo many better bands out there with a similar groove. And really, unless you're trying to recover from a heroine addiction, I can't see why you'd want to put up with the Spree's nonsense. There's just no depth here.
Go listen to the Lips, Summer Hymns, Dios, Grandaddy, anything Elephant 6, or impress your ignorant friends and dig a little deeper into the 60's psych pop - I recommend early Mark Bolan (T-Rex), The Zombies, Syd Barrett, etc. There are too many alternatives to get stuck listening to these hacks. If you've made it to this page, you're probably aware there is some great "unheard of" music out there...I urge you to keep digging deeper, don't go just with what is contemporary because a lot of these bands are just emulating the greats here. Good luck to ya!
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2.0 out of 5 stars SORRY, THIS ISN'T VERY GOOD........... June 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
I just saw The Polyphonic Spree over the weekend as the opening
act for David Bowie on his Reality Tour. As a live act, they
were fun, interesting, great to watch, and had some really
catchy pop songs. The music reminded me of a cross between
Oasis, Pink Floyd, Blood Sweat & Tears and the Brady Kids.
(With a little Jim Jones Temple vibe thrown in.) I ran out
and bought this CD and was very disappointed. Onstage, they
did a lot of "up" material; the songs on the CD, while carrying
a positive message, are mostly slow, droning, endless compositions that all sound the same. Imagine if you will a
70-minute musical run-on-sentence and that's what you have here.
The last song is 38 minutes of "sound", like listening to an
old television test pattern. The only saving grace is the bonus
disc with single versions and some live cuts that pare the
songs to their essence. This disc is much more listenable. I
have a feeling that many of the songs I heard at the concert are
yet to be released, their catchy hooks are nowhere to be found
here. Don't believe the hype, at least on the basis of this CD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars awkward, happy music. May 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
the polyphonic spree is a 20 member choir pop band. so you just about have every thing you can have in a band. so you can really expect great instruments and long-running songs.
"the beginning stages of... " has ten tracks, 68 minutes of music, and this version has a extra disk. its pretty cool but nothing special. the album seems like a day sequence of life. talking about the light of day and the sun mostly... also with the 36 minute track "a long day"... and what a long day it is. but don't expect to be amazed. its one of worst tracks on the album. its just useless experimental noises to fill the album. it seems they were focusing more on making the album a day seqeunce rather than focusing on the music (the last track especially). the rest of the album, though, is great. you have amazing instruments and tons of people singing in the background giving the album a very pleasant feeling. the songs are all happy and ... weird. its very hard to describe this album. its very weird but is a good buy. especially for only 10 bucks and with a bonus disk.
go ahead and buy if you like bands like the flaming lips. thats the only band i can compare them to.
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When I firt heard the single for "Light and Day" and read up on the band, I was intrigued by the concept. At first, to be honest, I thought the whole thing sounded a bit hoakey. But, the first single was so catchy and uplifting, I decided to give "The Beginning Stages..." a try. I was pleasently surprised by most of what I found. The album is filled with unique and pleasant symphonic pop ditties like "Light and Day". This is a great album to put on when you feel like listening to some rock and roll slightly left of center. I hate to use the term, but it is very "Beatlesque" in it's classical leanings and quite "Beach Boyesque" in it's pop sensibilities. Then, you get to track 10...
"Long Day" is really a long, torturous, cacophonic experiment gone bad. It does not fit in with the rest of the album, and is quite difficult to listen to. I am yet to meet someone who doesn't skip it when they get to the end. Frankly, it is pretentious in its experimentality, and I dare someone to explain to me why it's a good track. In any case, that is why the good Lord gave us programmable CD players (or, in this case, a stop button). Thankfully, they placed this dribble at the end, and you can still enjoy 9 tracks and 32 minutes of their brand of pop. A refreshing departure from NuMetal and RapMetal, that's for sure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wheeeee! April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
We saw the Spree open for Bowie in Austin 2 days ago, and were enchanted. They were having so much *fun*! It was fairly easy to see why Mr Bowie had them up there: I was reminded repeatedly of *his* very first album, (also of his history with experimental theater, including ,<whisper it> mime) particularly "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" and the song I can only recall as "Sugar Horses Painted Red". The mixing left something to be desired, so the sound was a little muddy, but hey, what do you want from the poor techs with that many maniacs to mike live?
Overall, the impression is that the most crazed members of your local high school choir, drama, orchestra, and band have somehow gotten a gig, and are having the time of their lives with instruments they might possibly have stolen from the band hall.
I did not know it was physically possible to play the viola and jump up and down at the same time. They had a glockenspiel!
Anyway, we bought the CD, and it is mostly a thing of beauty, if a bit of a rough diamond kind of thing: ever heard the very first release by the Moody Blues? All of everything they were ever going to be was in there, but it wasn't *quite* organised yet, and that is what this feels like. That last track makes me laugh, it reminds me so very much of all those "concept albums" where side 2 was all one song and that one song was bizarre beyond words! And "Days Like this Keep Us Warm" made me cry.
Truthfully, I suspect these people of having a *marvelous* sense of humor.
Think the Moody Blues meet Godspell and Sgt Pepper conducts the resulting chaos. LOVE IT!
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHY DO THEY HAVE TO SING?
All the instrumentation they use is great. They are very good at music, but when the singing starts... PUKE.
Published on July 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy tune...
I saw them perform "Light and Day" on an episode of Scrubs (Episode "My Choosiest Choice of All"). Read more
Published on July 6 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for their next release
Only a few songs worth listening to; and until they get better musically(lyrically, instrumentally, vocally), skip them and go straight to THE FLAMING LIPS.
Published on June 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest band ever
i love this band more than most things, and they are increadibly orginal and wonderful. they are my favorite band. Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by shani
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, dear lord...
I saw this band open up for Bowie. They creeped me out so bad, I had to go hang out in the lobby. I don't get it. What are they? A bunch of kids that just got out of rehab? Read more
Published on May 1 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Flaming Lips meets Up with People
It's ok, but frankly their songs all sound alike. They definitely "borrow" a lot of their stylings from the Flaming Lips. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Rutter
5.0 out of 5 stars together we're heavy
a lot of you who are reviewing this cd have never seen this band live and are unaware of the fact that this was recorded in 3 days..... Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by chris
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoyingly BORING!
Hearing all da hype about this band, I decided to give it a listen...
It's amazing how a band can record albums, and make money from CD's filled with nothing more than the... Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Edward Alexander Gosik
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