Fandango - The Phoenix Foundation
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    The line between progression and self-indulgence in music is largely a flimsy one. However, The Phoenix Foundation walk it beautifully.
  2. Apr 22, 2013
    80
    Though it doesn't sound a lot like Pink Floyd, it shares the quality of that group's early 70s records: it is leisurely, taking its time to reflect rather than rushing to a conclusion. The melodies, though, mean it never shrinks into the background.
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    70
    It's still a verdant, imaginative, lush, and occasionally unsettling work that hits the sweet spot more often than it misses its mark, and while it may not shake the rafters, it most certainly fills up the room with sound.
  4. Apr 26, 2013
    70
    As the album progresses onto its second disc, it becomes even more spaced out and diverse. At times, the attempts to combine more abstract and challenging sounds fail to hold your attention. However, when this works well, as on the excellent ‘Sideways Glance', it’s a joy.
  5. Apr 25, 2013
    70
    Fandango, their fifth album, is built of the same stuff [as 2011's Buffalo], though with a grander sense of scope and ambition. [Jun 2013, p.78]
  6. 70
    Only 17-minute finale 'Friendly Society' wears thin, its ideas forced and spread too thinly across clunky sub-sections. The rest, though, is languidly atmospheric, peaking with the moonlit disco jam of 'Sideways Glance'.
  7. Jun 20, 2013
    60
    On its fifth album Fandango, Wellington, NZ combo the Phoenix Foundation doesn’t so much eschew the eclecticism of previous efforts as employ greater continuity
  8. May 20, 2013
    60
    Cloaked in fuzzy melancholy, Fandango is one for dreamers. [Jun 2013, p.94]
  9. Apr 23, 2013
    60
    Fandango quickly plateaus into an exercise that is pleasant rather than provocative; an effort that, despite occasional highs, is relentlessly...acceptable.
  10. Apr 22, 2013
    60
    Its rambling nature irks, for in among its nearly 80 minutes there are pop diamonds that would have made a sharp and spectacular single LP. [May 2013, p.109]
  11. May 29, 2013
    50
    The Phoenix Foundation never really were a rock band. But Fandango just doesn’t roll often enough.
  12. May 13, 2013
    50
    Fandango tries to revel in its excess and overreaches far too often to be considered a success.
  13. 40
    Virtually every piece is too leisurely extended beyond its natural span.

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