Initially at least, Tim DeLaughter's notion of putting together a choral pop orchestra seemed like a smashing idea, and 24 smiling musicians and singers all dressed in white robes performing sweetly melodic tunes made for an entertaining spectacle.
But the novelty of it all has quickly worn thin. The ambitious DeLaughter lacks the required producing, composing and arranging skills to make the most of his grand assembly in a recording studio, so it was inevitable that the Polyphonic Spree would be dropped from their label after the release of their first two poor-selling albums.
Instead of trying some covers or bringing in a visionary producer or a gifted arranger for number three, The Fragile Army, DeLaughter and co-leader Julie Doyle sought the assistance of Dallas pal John Congleton (of Paper Chase infamy), and together they can't come up with anything better than what sound like cheery Godspell outtakes - poorly mixed ones at that.
Changing the stagewear to black military uniforms isn't going to help.