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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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Lisztomania
4:02  
02
1901
3:13  
03
Fences
3:45  
04
Love Like a Sunset Part I
5:39  
05
Love Like a Sunset Part II
1:57  
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Lasso
2:48  
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Rome
4:38  
08
Countdown
3:57
 
09
Girlfriend
3:24  
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Armistice
3:05  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 36:28

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Award-winning critic Barry Walters is a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, and many other publications. His interview with Prince a...more »

05.26.09
The best pop record of the spring — go tell everyone
2009 | Label: Glassnote

After 2006's relatively rough and relaxed It's Never Been Like That, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix emphasizes the French quartet's ordinarily opposing extremes. Although outside drummers are hired and various hands overdub keyboards, the kinetic grooves on opening singles “Liztomania” and “1901″ get so extraordinarily tight that there's the illusion of four guys rocking out in a room, and the pace rarely falters throughout. At the same time, this is also Phoenix's most ridiculously tweaked disc: Producer… read more »

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nuncio

Like the 1901 and love like a sunset pt.1 tracks more than the popular liztomania..

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only 1 track for me

yNot

After hearing a clip in a 2009 Cadillac commercial a million times and still liking what i heard, i DLd '1901'. Good tune. Although the rest sounds a little more like Pinback Lite. I'll stick with Pinback.

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About the Album: Phoenix’s Bankrupt!

By Ryan Reed, Contributor

In our age of overnight indie mega-stars, Phoenix are the last of a dying breed. The French quartet earned their success the hard way: gradually building an international fanbase over the course of a decade and expanding and refining their quirky, hook-driven pop from album to album. In 2009, Phoenix delivered their commercial breakthrough, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which remained a constant fixture on bar playlists and workout mixes well into the following year. It's a… more »

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Realigned with Philippe Zdar, the half of Cassius who mixed United, Phoenix make adjustments on the polarizing characteristics of their second and third albums — the pokey and occasionally listless Alphabetical, the jagged and tune-deficient It’s Never Been Like That — with some of the most direct and enjoyable songs they’ve made to date. The two opening songs, the bopping “Lisztomania” and the buzzing “1901,” are so immediate and prone to habitual play that the remainder of the album is bound to be neglected. There is plenty to like beyond that point, including “Lasso,” which niftily alternates between a tangled rhythm and tight-spiral riffing, and the labyrinthine “Pt. 1″ of “Love Like a Sunset,” which serves the same purpose as the extended instrumental passages on Roxy Music’s Avalon, at least until its rousing conclusion and shift into “Pt. 2.” Beyond containing the band’s best, most efficient songwriting, the album also stands apart from the first three studio albums by projecting a cool punch that is unforced. Vocalist Thomas Mars, more bright-eyed and youthful than ever, also sounds more a part of these songs, rather than coming across as a protruding element that clashes against the instruments. Maybe they’ve just hit their stride. – Andy Kellman

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