- Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the French rock band was co-produced with Philippe Zdar of Cassius.
- Record Label: Glass Note
- Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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May 13, 2013Hailing from France, Phoenix have always had the job of not only creating good music, but being the taste-makers of Paris. They do this no better than in Bankrupt! Fluttering synths abound and layers to the point of indiscernable sound, Phoenix build on a sound they established WAP, but far more complex. While rarely completing a full sentence in his lyrics, like a puzzle Bankrupt!'s lyrics can be strung together to tell a tale of the lonesome feelings of making it to the top and the conflicting emotions of stardom. This album not only is as fun and catchy as any Phoenix album, but is noticeably complex lyrically as well as instrumentally.… Expand
Apr 24, 2013Phoenix defined their sound with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Bankrupt! hardly expands on their previous work, but as long as the audience takes a conservative approach, the new record does not disappoint. The hint of Asian influence on "Entertainment" is irresistible, and "Trying To Be Cool" has the same catchy feel reflected in "Lisztomania."… Expand
May 20, 2013I'm going to say what I didn't like first. There are 3 songs on this new record I don't particularly like. Ironically, the title track 'Bankrupt!,' along with Chloroform, are my least favorite. Chloroform just seems underwritten (especially the lead synth part.)
Ok, now for the good. The track "Trying to be Cool" is one of the best '2010's 80s-revival' songs I've ever come across, "Oblique City" is one of their most adventurous songs ever, and "Drakkar Noir" hints at their earlier attempts. Overall, I find this to be far more interesting than their record 'It's Never Been Like That' but probably won't garner the attention of 'Wolfgang Amadeus'… Expand
Apr 23, 2013After the spectacular "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix", I expected nothing less than something lukewarm, since it's predecessor was so great. "Bankrupt!" was just that, but also exceeded my expectations. Phoenix has moved more into synthpop, that's less bold than the last album, but still provides a peachy, fun vibe to each of the tracks, more specifically "S.O.S In Bel-Air", and "Trying To Be Cool".
I'm sure some fans will be disappointed, but it's fun, and very easy to get into. 8/10… Expand
Jun 2, 2013Decent record. Weaker than the previous album, but still strong enough for not being a total flatout. The minus point of this LP is that some tracks feel incredibly synthed, causing consistencies on those tracks. Highlight track: Drakkar Noir, S.O.S. in the Bel Air, Bourgeois… Collapse
May 1, 2013Almost exactly four years of waiting for a follow up to the Grammy award-winning Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix are finally over, Alternative French music lovers. On April 23 Phoenix released their fifth album to many eagerly awaiting fans, but were all those sleepless nights of anticipation worth it? Well, yes and no. But mostly yes.
The album opens up with the widely beloved “Entertainment” that is just so energetic you can’t help but move at least one part of your body to. Kicking off the album with this song was a wise choice on the band’s part, as it is the most reminiscent of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, helping ease listeners into their new material with a familiar sound. It also doesn’t hurt that they really nail this song live; if you caught it on SNL, lucky you, but the real magic was at Coachella where they opened with this song as well as finished their set with a take on it, making for an incredibly entertaining (see what I did there?) experience.
Continuing on with the album, listeners hear songs like the synth heavy “The Real Thing” which seems to be lacking in areas but is overall a fun and catchy listen. After that comes one of my favorites on the album, “S.O.S. In Bel Air”, which is another tune that could force you to cut a rug against your will. The best part comes when the lines “Put my name on your list S.O.S. in Bel Air” are shouted, not just for how cool they sound being called out, but because the music that follows can possibly give you whiplash if you bob your head to this catchy beat too fast....
Read more here: http://www.recomedia.net/music/phoenix-bankrupt-review/… Expand
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