Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
- Words: Shawn Reynaldo
- Label: Glassnote
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
It’s not hard to like Phoenix. The French quartet has spent the better part of the last decade making one infectiously sunny pop-rock tune after another. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is their fourth album, and it doesn’t find the band undertaking any radical reinventions of their sound. Produced by Philippe Zdar of Cassius, the record perhaps features a little more electronic sheen than usual (“Rome”), but for the most part, Phoenix does what they do best—craft breezy pop songs with just a hint of funk to get your hips shaking. The toe-tapping disco-pop of “Lisztomania” and the fuzzy bounce of “1901” rank among the band’s best work, and will undoubtedly be stuck on repeat on many an iPod this summer.
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