The Polyphonic Spree expand upon their ever-growing sections with their fourth album ‘Yes, It’s True’. Relishing in their bizarre yet lovable and accessible pop-rock records, The Polyphonic Spree offer what is a wonderful follow up to their previous album. Featuring much of what we’ve come to expect from The Polyphonic Spree, ‘Yes, It’s True’ features much of the choral singing, peculiar yet lovable instrumental movements and the crazy, bizarre and somehow easily accessible song structures. There’s everything in the making of a wonderful Polyphonic Spree album here, though it does raise the question of whether or not the band’s style is becoming a little bit stale or not, and if we’ve now heard the full amount of what there is to be heard from by the band.
‘Yes, It’s True’ follows on from pretty much every Polyphonic Spree album, rather literally as it continues the cycle of each track being named a specific section. It gives the impression that each Polyphonic Spree album is designed to run through into each other. There’s a lot that can be enjoyed on ‘Yes, It’s True’, which features a nice mix of upbeat and somewhat crazy songs, and more down-tempo and mellow tracks. The diversity of the tracks and their sound gives the album a great feel as it progresses from track to track. There’s enough to keep the listener’s attention. There’s some wonderful tracks on the album that seem to be as good as some of their greatest tracks. It seems The Polyphonic Spree just have that innate ability to somehow manage to continue doing what it is they’ve been doing all their careers, and still make it seem great.
The only problems I find on ‘Yes, It’s True’ is that The Polyphonic Spree are now onto their fourth album, and although they have a wonderful style that has worked incredibly well for them, we still haven’t managed to hear anything that is truly new from them in the past few years. There’s a lot that is enjoyable about The Polyphonic Spree, whose music is just easily accessible and enjoyable. And yet, we’ve not really seen much from the band that suggests they have anything more to offer. As disappointing as it is to say, there is a chance that The Polyphonic Spree might just be a one-trick pony, who only really have one style of album to offer. As odd as it is, it does seem to work well in their favor at the moment, though if they continue in this fashion then they may well end up producing very boring and repetitive albums.
For now though, ‘Yes, It’s True’ can easily be enjoyed as one of The Polyphonic Spree’s better albums. It is certainly a step up from ‘The Fragile Army’, which seemed to just under-deliver on a few parts in the album. ‘Yes, It’s True’ though just delivers great track after great track, and features a wonderful variety of fun and mellow songs. It seems the whole community involved in the album has just really come together to produce something that they’ve all enjoyed producing and making. It is one of the elements that really makes The Polyphonic Spree such an enjoyable band to listen to.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- You Don’t Know Me
- You’re Golden
- Blurry Up The Lines
The Polyphonic Spree’s fourth album ‘Yes, It’s True’ is out now.