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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on July 14 2004
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by Never updated profile "Warren"
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 morePublished on Feb. 29 2004
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Auguste O. Meyrat
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 morePublished on Oct. 16 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 26 2003 by Stella
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.
I'm surprised how poorly this did. They call it Electronica, but to me it sounds like real instruments played real well. Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by chris jennings
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