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  • Summary: This is the third studio album for the French synth-rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. It's Never Been Like That has the necessary edge of real art, but it's approachable right down to the final song, "Second To None," with its deep echo and thin lines.
  2. Their performances sound more confident than ever.
  3. Its charms sink their teeth in fast and deep.
  4. One wonders if the qualities that make Phoenix appealing--breeziness, insouciance--will ultimately translate into enduring music. [26 May 2006, p.105]
  5. If there were ever an album that fulfilled the requirements for a “summer album,” this is it; Phoenix offers songs that offer little in the way of innovation or substance but a wealth of top-notch musicianship, catchy melodies, and transcendent choruses.
  6. 60
    The overwhelming sense is of a group needlessly hobbling themselves. [Jun 2006, p.110]
  7. A puny, ill-conceived record in comparison to both Alphabetical and its predecessor United.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. ShaneL
    Oct 20, 2006
    10
    I just came across this bank on XM Radio, XMU. I can't quit listening to it, and its the first time a cd's been good enough to buy off i-pod just because I can't wait to get to the store. I love cool new music, just rare to find anything mainstream anymore. Expand
  2. Chris
    Aug 22, 2006
    10
    Their best work since United, this is an album by a band truly maturing both as songwriters and musicians. They rely a lot less on studio trickery and pull off a confident live act feel. Expand
  3. SeamusS
    Sep 20, 2006
    10
    An inescapably catchy album filled with some of the most brillaint and fast hooks in my knowledge of contemporary pop. The album flows without one week track, paced out beautifully without filler. The second best album of 2006 by far. Expand
  4. DorianGrey
    May 28, 2006
    9
    Fantastic, although, like the best power-pop, it has no staying power...it'll give you three solid days of fun, though, and then, a few months from now, another couple of days of bliss, and so on...not the record of the year by any means, but a fine effort from a band I had consigned to a few brilliant tracks and two lackluster LP's Expand
  5. keniy
    Jun 25, 2006
    9
    Definite Summer play! They have fully broken awy from Air - but took with the the emense production senibility. This album makes you listen much more - but once you ctach thier new vibe you're into it - Would've liked a few of the shamelessly pop songs from the previous CDs. Nothing amazing - but far better played out than most US conterparts. If you have a sunday brunch put this on - i dont think you'll have any complaints - but your next cd better have some kick 0p at least strong contenuity. Expand
  6. matta
    Jun 16, 2006
    9
    This is a solid pop rock album. Nothing more. If you want something deep and good, check out Beirut or Sunset Rubdown. These are albums with serious staying power. But as far as just a good, catchy summer album goes-this is great stuff. People who say otherwise are just trying to hard to be cool. Expand
  7. Andy
    Aug 22, 2006
    7
    I dig it, but its nothing we havn't heard before.

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