Fandango - The Phoenix Foundation
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  • Summary: The fifth release for the New Zealand psychedelic indie rock band is 80 minutes long.
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 23, 2013
    60
    Fandango quickly plateaus into an exercise that is pleasant rather than provocative; an effort that, despite occasional highs, is relentlessly...acceptable.
  5. 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
  6. May 20, 2013
    60
    Cloaked in fuzzy melancholy, Fandango is one for dreamers. [Jun 2013, p.94]
  7. 40
    Virtually every piece is too leisurely extended beyond its natural span.

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