Together We're Heavy

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Together We're Heavy
Studio album by The Polyphonic Spree
Released June 30, 2004 (Japan)
July 12, 2004 (Europe)
July 13, 2004 (US)
Recorded Dec. 2002 – Jan. 2003
Genre Pop
Psychedelic pop
Symphonic Rock
Length 57:47
Label Hollywood / Good Records
Producer Eric Drew Feldman, The Speekers, Jeff Levison
The Polyphonic Spree chronology
The Beginning Stages of...
(2003)
Together We're Heavy
(2004)
Thumbsucker
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) [3]
NME 4/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [5]

Together We're Heavy is the second release from Dallas symphonic rock group The Polyphonic Spree. Produced by Eric Drew Feldman and released in Japan on June 30, 2004, Europe on July 12 and North America on July 13. It includes the hit singles "Hold Me Now" and "Two Thousand Places". The album was released by Hollywood Records, and represents the band's first "true" album (their previous release, The Beginning Stages of... was recorded as a demo and released only by popular demand).

The US version of Together We're Heavy contains an additional bonus DVD (entitled "The Adventure of Listening") while the Japanese version contains three bonus songs.

It reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Section 11 (A Long Day Continues/We Sound Amazed)" - 8:32
  2. "Section 12 (Hold Me Now)" - 4:30
  3. "Section 13 (Diamonds/Mild Devotion to Majesty)" - 4:55
  4. "Section 14 (Two Thousand Places)" - 5:19
  5. "Section 15 (Ensure Your Reservation)" - 1:39
  6. "Section 16 (One Man Show)" - 4:58
  7. "Section 17 (Suitcase Calling)" - 8:48
  8. "Section 18 (Everything Starts at the Seam)" - 1:54
  9. "Section 19 (When the Fool Becomes a King)" - 10:38
  10. "Section 20 (Together We're Heavy)" - 6:30
  1. "Bonus Section 1 (The Best Part)" (Japanese release only)
  2. "Bonus Section 2 (Mercury Tea)" (Japanese release only)
  3. "Bonus Section 3 (Working Out the Kinks [Demo 2002])" (Japanese release only)

"The Adventure of Listening" DVD:

  • "A Blissed Out Occasion" - Live at the Summersonic Festival, Tokyo, 2003
    • Contains "The Anthem for Summer Camp", "It's the Sun", "Light & Day", "Everything Starts at the Seam" and "When the Fool Becomes a King"
  • "Air Near the Ground" - Live at the Cabaret Metro, Chicago, 2003
    • Contains "Soldier Girl", "Hanging Around the Day (Parts 1 & 2)" and "It's the Sun"
  • "Confessions of an Instigator" - An interview with Tim DeLaughter
  • "Moving Pictures"
    • Contains the music video for "Light & Day (Single Version)", the animated video for "Light & Day (Orchestral Version)" and "The Tramp (A Vignette)" (previously titled "Cane" and played to the song "Ensure Your Reservation)"

Personnel[edit]

  • Tim DeLaughter: Lead Vocal, Guitars, Percussion, Tubular Bells, Piano, Organ, Samples, Various Noises
  • Ryan Fitzgerald: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Banjo
  • Joe Butcher: Pedal Steel
  • Evan Hisey: Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizers
  • Jesse Hester: Piano, Vocals
  • Mark Pirro: Electric Bass
  • Rick Nelson: Double Bass, Violin, Viola
  • Bryan Wakeland: Drums, Percussion
  • Audrey Easley: Flute, Piccolo, Whistle, Electronic Wind Instruments
  • Louis Schwadron: French Horn
  • Toby Halbrooks: Theremin
  • James Reimer: Trombone, Glockenspiel
  • Logan Keese: Trumpet Flugelhorn
  • Jennifer Jobe, Jennie Kelley, Jessica Jordan, Julie Duncanville, Kelly Repka, Michael Turner: Lead, Backing & Choir Vocals

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Eric Drew Feldman, Jeff Levison & The Speekers
  • Recorded & Engineered By Andrew Paul Baker, Ronnie Katz, Allen Sides, The Speekers & Dave Willingham
  • Assistant Engineers: Chris Bell, Darrell Thorp
  • Mixed By Rich Costey, The Speekers & Dave Willingham
  • Mix Assistant: Claudius Mittendorfer
  • Digital Editing: Rail Jon Rogut
  • Mastered By Mark Chalecki & Ted Jensen

Release history[edit]

CD
  • UK Release (July 12, 2004)
  • US Release (July 13, 2004)
  • Japanese Release (June 30, 2004)
DVD-Audio 5.1 Surround + DTS-Encoded track
  • US Release (September 14, 2004)

Singles[edit]

CD[edit]

  • Hold Me Now (July 26, 2004)
  1. Hold Me Now (Radio Edit - UK Edit)
  2. Hold Me Now (Album Version)
  3. Working Out The Kinks (Demo)
  • Two Thousand Places (December 8, 2004)
  1. Two Thousand Places
  2. The Best Part
  3. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "The Polyphonic Spree: Together We're Heavy at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  2. ^ Entertainment.ie review[dead link]
  3. ^ Mitchum, Rob (11 July 2004). "The Polyphonic Spree: Together We're Heavy". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Rob (9 December 2004). "The Polyphonic Spree : Together We're Heavy". NME (IPC Media). ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Dansby, Andrew (8 July 2004). "The Polyphonic Spree: Together We're Heavy". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. 
  6. ^ BMI Entry

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