Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Polyphonic Spree

  • The Beginning Stages of . . . [Hollywood/Good, 2003] Dud
  • Together We're Heavy [Good/Hollywood, 2004] B-

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The Beginning Stages of . . . [Hollywood/Good, 2003] Dud

Together We're Heavy [Good/Hollywood, 2004]
Granted his major-label production budget in the sky, Tim DeLaughter hones his tunes and dispels woozy comparisons to the Flaming Lips. He's on record as wondering why his collective can't have hits like the Association and the 5th Dimension. And when history batters those dreams as it will so many, he'll still have the herewithal to mount a long-running local production of Hair. Even in Dallas, America always makes room for the culture of dissent. B-