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United (Frn)

Phoenix (Rock) Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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1. School's Rules
2. Too Young
3. Honeymoon
4. If I Ever Feel Better
5. Partytime
6. On Fire
7. Embuscade
8. Summerdays
9. Funky Square Dance
10. Definitive Breaks

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"Heatwave", the funk-flavoured track on 1999's Source Rocks compilation, suggested Phoenix were another product of the French filtered disco wave. On the basis of United, it was a red herring because the album is suffused with breezy, retro-flavoured rock numbers. One of the band, keyboard player and guitarist Branco, was in Darlin--the indie act that spawned Daft Punk--but if they went one way, he surely went the other. United is reminiscent of West Coast American FM pop rock, with nods to everyone from Crosby Stills Nash and Young to "Jump"-era Van Halen. The thrilling "Too Young" and swooning "On Fire" are rattling good pop songs that fall on the right side of affectionate pastiche. "Summertime" is an enthusiastic power pop thrash, "Embuscade" a Steely Dan-styled jazz rock instrumental and "Summerdays" a carefree country-tinged trip to the beach. Refreshing, intelligent and successful French rock--now that is a first. --Mike Pattenden

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4.0 out of 5 stars God Bless the French May 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
Describing this album to one of my friends I said, "it's kind of a frech-disco-pop-rock album. Honestly, that's a pretty good descriptions. There are two songs "Too Young" and "IF I ever" that are strong catchy little numbers. For the U.S. version they even included a remix of "Too Young," which is of Lost In Translation fame.
All in all, this is a great album to chill out to. You know those laid back Sea and Cake tracks that are just perfect for laid-back Sunday afternoons? There is a track here, I think #8, that is so close to that, you just can't help but imagine yourself the recluse of some deserted island. Somewhere time seem to reverse itself and, as opposed to the continually quickening pace of the rest of the world, actually seems to slow itself to the point that each thought seems like an entity unto iself so that, yes, you can finally, SLOW DOWN. Now, given, that is just one song, but nonetheless the record works well, I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Order of the Phoenix Jan. 23 2004
By Mike D.
Format:Audio CD
I saw Everclear in 1999. (I realize that I just lost all of my potential credibility, but please understand, I was 13, and Everclear wrote catchy songs, and just like "Hey Jude" and the Brady Bunch, they made excellent use of the syllable "na," which made them instantly likeable to any prepubescent power chord junkie.) In some trite attempt to sell merchandise or be funny, despite all the songs about dead family members and heroin, Everclear's merchandise donned the slogan "Disco Still Sucks." After watching Art Alexakis on Behind the Music, I trusted him, and seeing as how I didn't live through disco myself, I figured I'd take his word for it.
Maybe I still don't know disco, save for the fact that it was the only movement ridiculous enough to propose that John Travolta shake his booty (I'm assuming they didn't use the term "boo-tay" in that era) to the sounds of Beethoven's Fifth. However, most of the artists that subtly hint at disco now seem to get a pretty solid result. It's as if disco was a natural disaster, and the span of time you have to wait before you can make jokes about it is finally over. It spawned a track on Ben Folds's first recent solo EP called "Protection" that stands as the best song he's done since splitting up the Five. The Bad Plus dug up Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and turned it into an odd-time piano jazz melee. I would even go so far as to say we can thank disco for the sweeping orchestral lines on much of the recent Flaming Lips material. Plus there's house music and electroclash, neither of which I listen to, yet I know that I try to steer clear of the initials "D," "F," and "A.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teach ALL your friends the Funky Squaredance Feb. 8 2001
Format:Audio CD
The debut album from indie rockers Phoenix marks a welcome return to the guitar sound that surely I'm not the only one to have missed over the last few years. Since radio waves have been swamped by the girlish harmonies that boybands and teen-idols shriek, we've seldom had an upbeat guitar and keyboard band to caress our starving ears.
From the heavy opening chords you can sense that this is a band with an altogether traditional take on rock music. But as the album progresses, there's a sense that something out of the ordinary (in a good way) is pouring out of your speakers.
United combines up-tempo tunes such as 'Too Young' and If I Ever Feel Better' (thier UK single relases - so far, surely destined to become anthems for the year) which boast flavours of 70's disco, with off-the-wall melodies and franky undecipherable lyrics such as 'Funky Squaredance'.
At only 38 mins of play time, it's hardly overlong, but there's not a flat tune on the playlist and you'll never take it out of the cd player.
It's gotta be bought - simple.
Additionally, as a live act they live up to the promise of the album, with the bonus of extended versions of their songs, and acrobatics from the lead (who has a thing for climbing amplifiers). Check them out as soon as you get the chance.
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By listening to United , you can easily realize how much Phoenix love the music from past decades . Maybe because they come from France and english is not their mother tongue , they write their lyrics so carefully . Their first hit " If I Ever Fell Better" is an uplifting , relaxing song which at the same time though , contains some of the most mature and optimistic lines we've seen in a chart's single the last few years ( "...It's like a bad day that never ends / I feel the chaos around me / one thing i don't try to deny / i've been alone to accept that / there are things in my life i can't control" ) . Other great tracks which dezerve your attention are " Summer Days " , " Too Young " , " Party time " and " On Fire ". Bands like Phoenix never get the hype they dezerve . Their first offering though is the intellegent listener's afternoon album , a record both to enjoy and to love.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique music!! Dec 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Phoenix's remix of Air's "Kelly Watch the Stars." They took the song and completely turned it into something else entirely, very impressive. Then came "Heat Wave" on "Source Material" another great track. Finally after hearing "If I Ever Feel Better", I was completely sold. That song, which is on "United" is truly unbelievable. It has an uptempo feel, (I listen to it to get pumped up sometimes) in a downtempo way. The lyrics are beauitul as is the singer's voice. So I bought "United". Phoenix have a completely unique sound. They sound as they are out of the 70's and yet there is freshness to the music. The songs on this album jump around, don't expect them to sound anything alike. But in a good way, there is diversity on this record. Phoenix are a great band if you are looking for something new and something fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars United
This is definitely one of my favorite albums of all time.
As a dj, I Discovered it like many others trough the single 'If I Ever Feel Better' who was remixed by the big names... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2004 by "medokkman"
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant American Music, From A Euro Band
This CD is amazing. The disc, is very short, sadly. However, the songs here show very grown up songwriting, tight grooves, and an amazing sound. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Forgotten
I found this album from the track in Lost in Translation which I really really liked. I then went out and bought the album and have been a happy man ever since. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Never updated profile "Warren"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Record Made since 2000
this is sooooo good....when i heard this album i was mad that i did not have this for the past 4 years that it has been out, it is really heartfelt and not campy like others might... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, Cool, and Kinda Corny
Phoenix follows the French ironic-pop tradition established by other DJs like Daft Punk or Air, only that Phoenix covers new territory: 70s metal, Country, or 80s new wave. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Auguste O. Meyrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Tunes
I spent some time looking for it in stores, and was not able to locate it. I bought United on the basis of how Too Young sounded to me. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I like about a band
I love the melodies and the way the band blends the instrumentation so well. I think it's difficult to find actually talented bands now a days. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by Stella
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond enjoyable
The music on this CD is not only enjoyable, but also of a deep and beautiful melody. It is hard to find a CD where you like almost every song. This CD is one of them.
Published on June 8 2003 by Paulo C. Rios Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Techno? I call it the greatest unknown cd ever!!!
I'm surprised how poorly this did. They call it Electronica, but to me it sounds like real instruments played real well. Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by chris jennings
2.0 out of 5 stars What The...?
Alright, so a friend loaned me this CD, and I am almost at a loss for words (but not quite). The genre-jumping that goes on on this disc makes for an... Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by Ryan A. Olbrysh
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