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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Released on 25 May 2009

Artist: Phoenix

4.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 Easily The Best Album You Will Hear This Year!

| | See all Catpuke's reviews (2)

"Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" is the fourth album by French quartet Phoenix who return with their latest concoction of alternative indie rock precisely blended with dance/electro influences, punchy lyrics and irresistible hooks.

The result is fantastic. From the off the diversity and structure of each track is what really makes this album a stand out. The majority of the songs are short, snappy, catchy and sweet so rest assured you will have this on replay for a very long time. There are stunning melodies created by the most innovative and inventive arrangements of spacey synths, guitars, organs, keyboards and percussion to keep listeners coming back for more.

Whilst managing to incorporate moments that trigger a nostalgic thirst for 70's disco and other elements of dance, pop and indie at the peak of their powers, what Phoenix achieve with this effort is simultaneously managing to deliver a tightly produced product that boldly pronounces itself at the cutting edge of alternative indie rock music.

There is never a single dull moment in the 35 minute duration of this album. Such is the nature of the journey that every twist and turn in each song takes you on that at times, lead singer Thomas Mars beautifully crafted hooks and lyrics take a back seat to the pure ingenuity of the instrumentation on offer. Mars' ability to seamlessly blend his voice into the track as an instrument in itself makes every song that much more likeable.

The beauty of it is that everything feels necessary. Nothing feels forced, every moment feels brilliantly effortless. Each time you hear a song you notice something you never picked up on before. Every beat, every chord, each hook, each lyric feels exactly in the right place even when each song feels so creatively disjointed from the conventions of most material within the boundaries of the genre they represent.

If anything negative is to be said about this extraordinary album is that it will most likely become the bench mark for every new piece of music this band writes. Dare I say it "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" is quite simply a modern musical masterpiece that will remain relevant in its own way years from now. An outstanding album best experienced in its entirety on multiple occasions before it's true beauty is exposed.

 Air with a backbone!!!

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Quality french pop that is easily one of the best albums of 2009. Each track flows into the next and the only gripe is it's over too quick.!!!
This should put Phoenix on the map and bring them out of cult obscurity.
Pure Gallic Class, try it and you will not be dissappointed


| | See all kitsy23's reviews (2)

Foot tapping music that will make you want to click your fingers. At times samey but still you can't help but get hooked on this album...

 A good listen

| | See all AdolescentDom's reviews (18)

Phoenix have been around for a while but this is their first album that has really broken into the mainstream. It seems like you can't go far without seeing that album cover (even on leaflets found in my local pub... random!).

The album itself is a collection of catchy indie-pop with a slight electro twist, hardly surprising with the apparent popularity of electro music in France. The songs all flow nicely from one to the next and the lyrics are pretty good. I just wish it was longer!

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