Together We're Heavy - The Polyphonic Spree

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Despite longer tracks, this album is a more accessible work. The compositions are less fragmented, and the songwriting has also improved.
  3. This may not make new converts, but Spree fans will find much cause to rejoice. [11 Jul 2004]
  4. A much more spiritually fulfilling listening experience.
  5. An enormous, symphonic, sprawling, highly ambitious, far-reaching work of wonder. [17 Jul 2004, p.48]
  6. For every misfire, the band hit their target twice.
  7. This is a record of outrageous range and unprecedented panache.
  8. Together We're Heavy's transcendent qualities grow as it flows onward, and the sheer musical ambition of the Spree's pet sound finally, really defies cynicism. [Aug 2004, p.116]
  9. It's a sonically interesting, lyrically diverse collection.
  10. The band's sound benefits greatly from DeLaughter's realization that not every instrument always needs to be playing at once.
  11. Heavy comes across more a shtick than Beginning Stages ever did.
  12. A fatiguing listen. [#7]
  13. Thankfully, the music overpowers DeLaughter’s weak voice.
  14. 70
    If it weren't all so damn happy this would be the most terrifying music in existence. [Aug 2004, p.98]
  15. 70
    Benefits from a fatter recording budget, with swooping symphonic arrangements and dazzling melodies. [Aug 2004, p.138]
  16. As distinctive as the band's sound is, it's not particularly varied, and two-thirds of the way through the album things may start to drag a little for those who aren't deeply indoctrinated in the ways of the Polyphonic Spree.
  17. 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]
  18. Succeeds not solely as a studio recording, but as a reminder of how powerful the band's live show is. [Aug 2004, p.118]
  19. All those instrumental colorings are clearer, and the individual qualities of the voices in their choir shine through even when they're all belting it out together.
  20. A gleefully cohesive miasma of sound.
  21. The problem with rapture is that it's exhausting, so Together is best enjoyed a few tracks at a time.
  22. Granted his major-label production budget in the sky, Tim DeLaughter hones his tunes and dispels woozy comparisons to the Flaming Lips.
  23. Grandiloquent, glorious gobbledygook.
  24. A sonic improvement.... But it's all wasted on songs and harmonies too campy and cloying to be as uplifting as [DeLaughter] wants them to be. [16 Jul 2004, p.77]
  25. 40
    DeLaughter is stingier with his pop songs this time, filling out the album with much ponderous, quasi-symphonic ballast. [Aug 2004, p.94]
  26. It's hard to avoid a feeling of deja vu.
  27. A formula that worked well the first time around, but stumbles badly on the second.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. BobbyA
    Aug 28, 2005
    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. Full Review »
  2. PaulH
    Jul 3, 2005
    It's no revelation but I really enjoyed it, better then their first "overrated" album.
  3. ChrisA
    Dec 17, 2004
    I believe this album to be a symphonic chior like collection of positivity. I am surprised at how much attention this album is recieving in a time of such negativity and war. DeLaughter is a genius, and always has been. But I also get confused in the lyrics, such as " with your crusifix, yeah, your shaking it." and "hail to the sky, hail to the sky". And i think thats what i like most about it. Everysong, with some what of a releigious aspect, but noone is sure what it all means. Full Review »