Yes It's True

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The Polyphonic Spree return with Yes It's True, their 4th album proper (this album has the 'sections'), and first since 2007's 'The Fragile Army'.   At their best The Polyphonic Spree has gifted us music that makes your heart burst from your chest. It can be that powerful. If what you've just read seems a bit hyperbolic then believe me, I've felt it and I know plenty of others who have felt it too.    Getting the obvious question 'Is it any good?' out of the way, the answer is 'Yes' it is actually quite good and in places it is very good indeed, and anyone who has shied away from The Polyphonic Spree since 2001's The Beginning Stages of... can now breathe a sigh of relief in that they can buy this and not become brainwashed into following a Texan cult that, I dunno er, forces you to wear a robe and always be happy? You can now simply enjoy mostly upbeat songs that tell you about what other people do and feel, and what they can do and feel about that.  Don't worry, there isn't anything on the record that is going to force you into having more belief in yourself, or more hope in others - think of this album as a collection great songs, that sound a bit like that band with them mad people in dresses - you can put this album on and your friends will think you're cool and quirky, and not likely to want to have 'free-love' with them.   And therein lies the real question, 'Is it a good Polyphonic Spree Album?' and the answer is, frustratingly no.   Gone are the signature hooks, evolving motifs, and, it pains me to say, much of the sense of self belief and pure Joyousness that made Spree tracks unmistakably Spree. In place we have 11 tracks that are each singular to themselves and which are thematically observational rather than inspirational. This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't by this band, but what we are left with is a bunch of great tracks (which in fairness are pure Tim DeLaughter, enigmatic lead of the Spree and many other ventures too) that sound like the product of a restless mind and which have the Polyphonic Spree acting as a backing band.   Polyphonic Spree purists may feel somewhat let down by Yes It's True, especially those who contributed financially to the making of this album via KickStarter, but as an introduction this could gain the band so many new fans, and I'm all for spreading the Joy.   If i'm honest, i'll take that if it means the band continues, because not quite Polyphonic Spree is far far better than no Polyphonic Spree. 

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