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  • Summary: The fourth album for the French rock band was produced with Philippe Zdar.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Though the album trips lightly from slinky roller-skate jams ('Fences') to near Brit-rocky rave-ups ('Lasso'), the underlying vibe is both retro and somehow outside of time--like a memory made sweeter than the real thing it recalls.
  2. They're pleasure-pushers, filling tunes with riffs, phrases, and beats a five-year-old could love. But, on Wolfgang, those same songs are unfulfilled--and this band wouldn't have it any other way. There's beauty in a sunset. Phoenix are wringing it out.
  3. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve made their most pleasing record yet. It’s slick but not stupid, the results of a traditional rock band working closely with a producer of electronic music, one which merges the clean lines of dance music with the grandeur of a crack studio band well-heeled in ’70s pop and ’90s indie rock.
  4. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a slender, fat-free affair, all Gallic swerve and subtle swagger. This may well be the album to broaden their fan-base wider then the fashionable glitterati.
  5. Aside from the incredible sonics though, Phoenix's real triumph here is successfully contorting the songs into ever more elaborate and unconventional arrangements without losing any of their classy pop impact.
  6. The album's lyrics don’t always make sense, but then again, English isn’t their first language, and words aren’t the point here, the danceable beats and moody ambience are.
  7. This is sexier than it should be by rights.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. ZacariasY
    May 28, 2009
    One of the bests albums of the year.
  2. AliC
    Jul 24, 2009
    Can't stop listening to this album...highly addictive, but you'll still be listening to it obsessively 8 weeks later.
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    Beautifully constructed, addictive, and just good, wholesome fun! This album is a blast from start to finish. Despite only having 9 songs, this album delivers! With many catchy songs that I guarantee will stay in your head, this is a must-hear. The simplicity of this album is one key factor to why it is such an enjoyable album. The must-hear songs on this album if you don't intend to buy it (which you should!) are "Lisztomania", "1901", "Love Like A Sunset", "Countdown (Sick For The Big Sun)", and "Armistice". Expand
  4. MycroftW.
    May 28, 2009
    Like all your favourite pop-albums rolled into one and the result is frankly better than the sum of the parts. Bloody good!
  5. BobS.
    Oct 21, 2009
    Excellent, is all you can say about the songs Lisztomania and 1901. But some songs just revert to dullness, like Girlfriend. Bleugh. That song is awful. But why are they singing in English if they're french? Expand
  6. TomP
    May 31, 2009
    Very, very, similar in sound to Of Montreal, only slightly more accessible, but that's a good thing, especially considering Of Montreal's last CD was a mess. Consider this to be your amazing substitute. Expand
  7. JakeW
    Feb 2, 2010
    Am I the only person who doesn't get this album? I really want to like it, everyone else seems to, but I just find it... dull?

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