The Phoenix Album - The Warlocks
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  • Summary: Don't confuse The Warlocks of the 1960s (who later became the Grateful Dead) with the new band of the same name, who only sound like they come from the 1960s. This Los Angeles-based group favor lengthy, droning songs, evoking groups such as the Velvet Underground and Jesus & Mary Chain.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Like Spiritualized re-scored and re-scripted by Timothy Leary, something inescapably dark, dread ridden and mesmeric lurks within these tracks.
  2. It is more than the sum of its many parts, as the Warlocks whip up a '60s of the imagination, making you hear the sounds anew while resurrecting the old before your very eyes.
  3. 80
    Occup[ies] the same sonic territory as The Dandy Warhols' underrated Come Down. [Aug 2003, p.108]
  4. Phoenix is a loose concept album about overindulging in chemicals, love and guitars, and it mainlines feedback.
  5. While these are accomplished musicians distilling their favorite musical influences, they fail to transcend those influences.
  6. Is it alchemy or robbery? Inspired or insipid? Who knows.
  7. Tired riffing, uninspired lyrics, and god-awful wankery.

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  1. SteveSpaceman
    Nov 10, 2004
    10
    The Warlocks ROCK live.