The debut album by Arkansas Christian punks the Wedding was a naggingly inconsistent collection of tunes that inelegantly and incompletely fused aspects of pop-punk and post-hardcore emo. Most bands would take that as a sign to distill their sound down into one or the other, but the newly reconfigured Wedding (now a five-piece with a second guitarist and a new, better, drummer) took the opposite tack and decided to make a virtue out of eclecticism. The far improved Polarity extends the band's musical palette considerably, adding horns to several songs and even a hit of bagpipes to the Dropkick Murphys-style "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead." The results aren't exactly Sandinista! in terms of their variety and scope, but given the variation between the straightforward Christian emo of the single "Say Your Prayers," the sardonic hard rock of "It's Time to Rock (OK?)," and the radio-ready pop-punk of "Southside," as well as the generally improved production and performances, Polarity is a much stronger effort than the haphazard debut.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason