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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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