Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Sometimes melodic, sometimes intense, indie-yet-grandiose, poppy-yet-functional and decidedly upbeat, the new album by Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a fun, charming and technically proficient addition to their established repertoire. Opening with two endearing sure hits – ‘Lisztomania’ and ‘1901’ Phoenix instantly draws listeners into it’s fast-paced, happy-go-lucky spirit then follows with slightly more melodic and trancey cuts like ‘Fences’ and ‘Love Like A Sunset’.

The production of this album creates a much more broadly appealing sound than previous endeavors, pulling back a bit on the vocals and blending it into the landscape of sound that constitutes the album’s identity. The music is much cleaner and well executed, moving smoothly between moods while maintaining a consistent pace.

The overall tone of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix lacks conflict, which I find important to the depth of any creative piece. It’s like one big happy ending (not the kind you get at a massage parlor). But the energy and rhythm that carries the listener through the album makes for an undeniably enjoyable ride and is certainly the band’s greatest accomplishment thus far.

The Point: It won’t change your perspective on life, but it’s a great listen and plays well in the foreground or background of almost any occasion.

Track List:

Love Like A Sunset
Countdown (Sick For The Big Sun)

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, reviewed by Wedsie on 2009-05-29T00:37:54-07:00 rating 3.7 out of 5

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