Together We're Heavy - The Polyphonic Spree
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  • Summary: Although the Dallas-based robe-wearing collective (who number close to 30) recorded their buzz-generating debut in just two days, this sophomore effort is the result of a full year in the studio. (Presumably, it's a very large studio.) Eric Feldman (Sparklehorse) and The Speekers produced.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 91
    Just as strong as anything on The Beginning Stages Of.... [#11, p.92]
  2. A much more spiritually fulfilling listening experience.
  3. This is a record of outrageous range and unprecedented panache.
  4. A gleefully cohesive miasma of sound.
  5. 70
    If it weren't all so damn happy this would be the most terrifying music in existence. [Aug 2004, p.98]
  6. The gorgeous shape-shifting songs allow the diversity of the Spree's instrumentation, from strings to brass to theremin, to shine. [8-22 Jul 2004, p.128]
  7. A formula that worked well the first time around, but stumbles badly on the second.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. xela
    Jul 29, 2004
    10
    all i can say is WOW!!!
  2. GeorgeBush
    Aug 3, 2004
    10
    This album is one of the most unique albums i've ever heard. it is a production that was made not with the intentions of being a top 40 best seller, but made to celebrate both music and life. Expand
  3. BobbyA
    Aug 28, 2005
    10
    What a truly incredible album. It really is an adventure in listening, and an adventure that can be continuously be repeated, with new marvels being found each time in the marvellous instrumentation, glorious harmonies, breathtaking climaxes and awe-inspiring lyrics. A classic. Expand
  4. BillA.
    Aug 1, 2004
    9
    This album is infectiously singable, bursting with enthusiasm and a reminder of what a joy it is to see this band live. Don't judge the sentimentality of this as saccharine until you feel it coming from the stage in front of you, live. The energy they push out and get back is beyond words. Dance about architecture if you must. And if you find yourself singing along, even when you had never heard them, you just might do a little happy jig with a big stupid grin on your face too. Hallelujah. Expand
  5. PaulH
    Jul 3, 2005
    7
    It's no revelation but I really enjoyed it, better then their first "overrated" album.
  6. clockout
    Aug 29, 2004
    6
    Anyone who gave this album a 10 should listen to Flaming Lip's 'The Soft Bulletin' first and realize that, for this kind of music, it's already been done - better. This album is the equivalent of watching soft core porn. Expand
  7. JesusChrist
    Jul 17, 2004
    0
    Yes, a zero.

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