Friday, December 11, 2009

Phoenix - Alphabetical

The "great despite being uneven" verdict presented in my United review must have served as a sharp kick in the butt for these mildly unattractive French males. Phoenix saddled up and packed their 2004 followup with almost nothing but highlights. Smooth. Laidback. Hooks worming their way into all orifices of one's body. Every track grooving relentlessly. Not much rock, but that's okay. The most venomous sounding thing here is "I'm An Actor" and it's kind of stupid. Sometimes a band just has to aspire to be a more scaled down New Radicals or a more restrained Maroon 5 and all I have to say is more power to 'em. The three song run of "Love For Granted," "Victim Of The Crime," and "(You Can't Blame It On) Anybody" is pleasing beyond belief and if you can resist slipping into such sexy blue eyed soul concoctions, then I really don't know what to say. For my money, this is the finest collection of tunes Phoenix has yet to pull together. A lovely record that will turn your swag on.

Rating: I give this recording an "A."

Download Link: "If It's Not WIth You"... Jasper loved this one. Shame he had to die so young.

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