Phantom Planet - Phantom Planet
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  • Summary: Jason Schwartzman has departed, but the Los Angeles band continues on with a third album.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The songs are better than solid. They're catchier than catchy. These songs are just good.
  2. This album is like expert plastic surgery -- you know some of it may be artificial, but damn, ain't it good?
  3. A record of overwhelming deconstruction and newly explored territorial demarcation.
  4. Whether Phantom Planet will be the second coming of Cheap Trick remains to be seen, but for now, it neatly fills the void for trashy, catchy power pop left by Urge Overkill's premature burnout.
  5. The album is absurdly derivative -- songs like ''You're Not Welcome Here'' and ''By the Bed'' could be Strokes outtakes -- but something about its restless energy and sense of what-the-hell surprise is commendable.
  6. 60
    [Several songs] sound way too much like Strokes castoffs, a situation little helped by... Fridmann's unusually heavy-handed production. [Mar 2004, p.125]
  7. This is as cynical a mish-mash of popular trends as you can imagine. [May 2004, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
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  1. SeamusS
    Jan 25, 2006
    One of the few albums in recent years I can honestly call an inspired Masterpiece. No pretention, heavy, tight, brilliant
  2. Christina
    Apr 8, 2004
    Although this may really "only" be a 9.8 because there is some truth to it being a bit "uneven", I'm giving it a 10 because I am addicted to killer hooks and this album is chock-full of them. Expand
  3. EmmeJ
    Jan 13, 2004
    It is absolutely amazing! I'm blown away and have fallen in love with this album!!!
  4. amyt
    Sep 12, 2004
    i think its amazing. their albums are always always fantastic
  5. JebJ
    Apr 14, 2004
    it takes a couple listens to grow on you, but once it does it's like a new appendage you can't do without. although the Strokes comparisons are perhaps inevitable, it's worth nothing that the stylistic shift between this album and the previous one shows a range and depth that wasn't evident between the 2 strokes albums. Phantom Planet have their own magpie sound, and the songs stand on their own merits. great lyrics, muscular rhythm section, fluid guitars, just an all around kick ass album Expand
  6. lukeb
    Jan 14, 2004
    Darker, more brooding rock from these still very young and talented Californians. An obvious departure from their sing-songier sophomore effort "the guest," but truer I feel to the band's roots than most people tend to realize. It shows a great deal of depth and maturity of their sound that many critics have chosen to dismiss as calculated or lazy. To complain that the melodies have disappeared is what's lazy, for if these naysayers were to take the time to properly assess "phantom planet," they'd notice them in great abundance. Merely more difficult to find at first spin. Many have seemed somewhat disappointed with this album thus far, but the only disappointment I have found with it is that it wasn't longer. This record is awesome, and I highly recommend it. Expand
  7. Mandee=
    Jan 9, 2004
    Personally, I liked The Guest more. I've been a Phantom Planet fan for a few years now, and I still am. However, the new album is quite a different sound. It's hard to hear Alex over the guitar wailing at times, let alone understand what the hell he is saying. The songs are definitely to the likes of The Strokes. However, props to Phantom Planet for not backing themselves up into a corner by keeping the same exact sound for every album. It takes a lot to let the group's sound grow or take a step away from what is expected. For the most part, they are successful. By The Bed and Big Brat are two of the strongest tracks, in my opinion. Expand

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