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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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5.0 out of 5 stars United Nov. 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 of French House.
It is the perfect CD to listen at home while having a drink with friends or alone.
If I Ever Feel Better, Too Young and Honeymoon are 80s style melancholic electro-pop masterpiece, while some tracks like 'School Rules'are more on the rock edge.
Funky Squaredance is the secret highlight of the album for me, three songs in one.
I was also very surprised to see that Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk, Stardust, Roule and Irreversible) was playing keyboards for the band.
A must-buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant American Music, From A Euro Band July 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. There is not a dead spot, except maybe to middle of Funky Squaredance. It's slow but its ok, it's not their fault. I cannot wait to hear Alphabetical. Get this record as soon as humanly possible
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Forgotten March 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I really feel strongly that this band can and will get much bigger. Yea its pop and somewhat simple, but its got an undercurrent and just simply makes me feel good. I spoke to Astralwerks who supposedly will release a new album in July, buy this one then buy the new one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Record Made since 2000 March 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 say...the lyrics chosen by a french singer are amazing, the way he says things that are simple but in a really unique way and his voice is beautiful...I feel like this is the pop/rock version of daft punk's "discovery" dance cd.....their new one is coming out soon so buy this one now and you will put it on over and over again
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, Cool, and Kinda Corny Dec 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. There's not much depth to the lyrics but these songs are clean, light, catchy, and poppy, and feel so plastic without sounding unoriginal or commericial. The album has about 2 good songs, 3 decent songs, and the rest is just bad...but the entire album is FUN.
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