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Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix

Hey Phoenix! Are you as awesome as THIS GUY?
Admittedly, I was a bit surprised to realize that Phoenix's new album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, was released yesterday. I'd pretty much heard the whole thing, so I just assumed I'd obliviously missed the release date, as usual. But no! My mini-review is timely! Here goes:

I fell in love with Phoenix after the release of It's Never Been Like That in 2006, and when I first heard "Listomania" and "1901" a few months ago, I wrote them off assuming another one of my favorite bands had self-destructed via a misguided experiment with electro-pop (think The Shins: Wincing the Night Away made me want to die inside, slowly...). Fortunately, my dear friend Daniel* turned me around.

With Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the french pop quartet is pretty much making the same music they always have: melodic rock that's perfectly put together. I guess what I'm saying is: if my life were a movie and Phoenix was on the soundtrack, I'd have to be a lot less of a dork and my life would have to be pretty fantastic.** The difference is that the songs are a bit less solid rock numbers; the album is more intricately mixed and has more pep. And, by far, its the band's best album yet.

Feel the love! (everything here is highly rec'd!)
from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix:
Phoenix - Lasso
Phoenix - Listomania
from It's Never Been Like That:
Phoenix - Long Distance Call

Buy Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix from
Phoenix's website/myspace

Please ignore the results of too much caffeine below.
* Daniel is also entirely responsible for my Frightened Rabbit obsession.
** If the soundtrack to your life is Frightened Rabbit, your life sucks and it's kind of scary that you're laughing about it ("I cut out all the good stuff / yeah, I cut off my foot to spite my leg" ???). If the soundtrack to your life is The National, your life sucks but you're still pretty awesome, in a Richard-Nixon-meets-Chuck-from-Gossip-Girl sort of way.

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