The Fragile Army

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The Fragile Army
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Studio album by The Polyphonic Spree
Released June 19, 2007
Recorded January 2006 - April 2006
Genre Pop
Psychedelic pop
Length 46:42
Label TVT Records
Good Records
Producer John Congleton, The Speekers
The Polyphonic Spree chronology
Wait EP
(2006)Wait EP2006
The Fragile Army
(2007)
Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. One
(2012)Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. One2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
Music Box3/5 stars [3]
NME6/10 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media(6.4/10) [5]
PopMatters7/10 stars [6]
AbsolutePunk.net(81%) [7]

The Fragile Army is the third album from the symphonic-rock group The Polyphonic Spree. The album was released on TVT Records on June 19, 2007.

On April 26, 2007, an eight-minute-long mash-up preview of the album was made available as a free download.[1]

On May 12, 2007, the entire album was leaked to various P2P networks. The leaked version of the album includes a song entitled "Section 27 (Oh I Feel Fine)". However, on the actual album Section 27 is a new version of the track "Mental Cabaret", which originally featured on the Wait EP.

There was also a deluxe version of the album released including a patch and a DVD. Additionally, there is a double vinyl available for sale that also includes a voucher for online download of the album in MP3 format.

The Fragile Army is the Polyphonic Spree's only record on which lead guitarist Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, appears as an official member of the band. Clark left the group shortly before the album's release. Pianist Mike Garson, best known for his work with David Bowie, was also part of the band's lineup during the recording.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tim DeLaughter, except where noted.[8]

  1. "Section 21 (Together We're Heavy)" - 0:31
  2. "Section 22 (Running Away)" - 3:33
  3. "Section 23 (Get Up and Go)" - 3:54
  4. "Section 24 (The Fragile Army)" - 4:02
  5. "Section 25 (Younger Yesterday)" - 4:35
  6. "Section 26 (We Crawl)" - 3:29
  7. "Section 27 (Mental Cabaret)" - 3:00
  8. "Section 28 (Guaranteed Nightlite)" - 3:55
  9. "Section 29 (Light to Follow)" - 4:25
  10. "Section 30 (Watch Us Explode (Justify))" - 4:41
  11. "Section 31 (Overblow Your Nest)" - 4:48
  12. "Section 32 (The Championship)" - 5:50
  • Bonus tracks on the Limited Edition (there is a Limited Edition without these bonus tracks[9]):
  1. "Bonus Track (Lithium)" (Kurt Cobain)
  2. "Bonus Track (Checking Out)"

Personnel[edit]

  • Tim Delaughter - Lead vocals, additional guitars, keys, percussion
  • Mark Pirro - Bass
  • Bryan Wakeland - Drums, percussion
  • Ryan Fitzgerald - Electric and acoustic guitars
  • Annie Clark - Electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mike Garson - Piano, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Evan Hisey - Keyboards, samples
  • Audrey Easley - Flute, Piccolo, Electronic Wind Instrument
  • Rick Nelson - Violin, upright bass
  • Ricky Rasura - Classical Harp
  • Daniel Hart - Viola
  • Sara Donaldson - Cello
  • Louis Schwadron - French Horn
  • Mike St. Clair - Trombone
  • Logan Keese - Trumpet, cornet
  • Matt Bricker - Additional Trumpet
  • Mike Dillon - Vibraphone, additional percussion
    • Backing Vocals
  • Jennefer Jobe-Penn
  • Julie Doyle
  • Kelly Repka
  • Jessica Jordan
  • Jenny Kirtland
  • Jennie Kelley
  • Apotsala Wilson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Fragile Army by The Polyphonic Spree". Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Polyphonic Spree: The Fragile Army > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  3. ^ Metzger, John (June 2007). "The Polyphonic Spree: The Fragile Army". The Music Box. musicbox-online.com (Volume 14, No.6). Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Silver, Dan (29 August 2007). "The Polyphonic Spree: The Fragile Army". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Hogan, Marc (19 June 2007). "The Polyphonic Spree: The Fragile Army". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Schiller, Mike (19 June 2007). "The Polyphonic Spree: The Fragile Army". PopMatters. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Irvine, Scott (20 August 2007). "Polyphonic Spree, The - The Fragile Army". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "BMI - Repertoire Search". Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  9. ^ CD+DVD with EAN 5060087564296, "Limited Edition" with DVD featuring Making Of film and The Fragile Army music video

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