The Fragile Army

  • Record Label: TVT
  • Release Date: Jun 19, 2007
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Q Magazine
    60
    Despite this being their widest-ranging album, their lack of of a truly great song is ultimately frustrating. [Sep 2007, p.99]
  2. There's plenty of interest here, then--but is anyone still listening?
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    There's now an almost garish cast to the proceedings. [22 Jun 2007, p.71]
  4. DeLaughter needs to be more personal; already having a dozen people yelling at you distances the ideas they express, but emptying those ideas of any meaning isn’t the answer.
  5. These relatively simple power-pop songs aren't always big or memorable enough to support their grand conceits.
  6. The Spree remain a vital, relevant artist only for Volkswagen advertising execs and anyone who takes the last five minutes of “Scrubs” episodes too seriously.
  7. Mojo
    40
    Flute and horn fight for breath alongside swampy vocals, and a heavy-handed rock bombast doesn't hide a dearth of hooks or memorable pop melody. [Sep 2007, p.110]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. jyotirmayadas
    Dec 14, 2007
    7
    The "Fragile Army" has some great moments here and there and some not-so-great moments. All together though, it's a good album worth The "Fragile Army" has some great moments here and there and some not-so-great moments. All together though, it's a good album worth buying and listening to, and thank god they got rid of the sheets they were wearing! Full Review »
  2. AmurabiM.
    Nov 11, 2007
    6
    With "The Fragile Army", The Polyphonic Spree sounds very exciting in an ambivalent way. Yes, it notices its pompadour and the whole With "The Fragile Army", The Polyphonic Spree sounds very exciting in an ambivalent way. Yes, it notices its pompadour and the whole exuberance to their sound but its clearly than this album suffers of lack of power. Yes, there are darker lyrics and less hippie-dippie-flower-power in this, but that doesn't mean that the album or their sound gets better. It just than it seems that´s more recognizable that Polyphonic has a problem to create powerful and memorable songs. This album feels like some magnificent and flamboyant songs with a dark twist but it lacks some catchy or extraordinary tunes. It seems than for better or worse they are growing, as musicians, as songwriters, as people. But they need, pretty urgently, to craft musical milestones instead of anthems of happiness or, in this case, bipolar requiems. Full Review »
  3. OmarC.
    Aug 27, 2007
    9
    Some of the most inspiring albums ever heard... first listened on a shop, and couldn't take my hands off it... just caught me!!! blew my Some of the most inspiring albums ever heard... first listened on a shop, and couldn't take my hands off it... just caught me!!! blew my mind away... congratulations!!! Full Review »