Pheonix - It's never been like that (CD) - £4.99 at Amazon
Pheonix - It's never been like that (CD) - £4.99 at Amazon

Pheonix - It's never been like that (CD) - £4.99 at Amazon

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Amazing album, excellent reviews:

Track Listings
1. Napoleon Says
2. Consolation Prizes
3. Rally
4. Long Distance Call
5. One Time Too Many
6. Lost And Found
7. Courtesy Laughs
8. North
9. Sometimes In The Fall
10. Second To None

With its third album, French pop group Phoenix heads away from the dance floor and toward a crisp, guitar-based sound more in line with the Strokes. While the lighthearted 1980s-flavored beats that make Phoenix's music so enjoyable are still in place, they are carefully countered with a jangly slacker aesthetic. IT'S NEVER BEEN LIKE THAT may not pop with anything as catchy as their early single "Too Young," but it does offer a consistency lacking on 2004's ALPHABETICAL and 2000's UNITED. Only the opening track, "Napoleon Says," seemsout of place, its initial notes recalling the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' hit "Maps." Later tracks like "Rally" and "Long DistanceCall" prove that the band is capable of mixing this newly relaxed style with Thomas Mars's infectious, Nilsson-esque vocals in a way that is simultaneously accessible and progressive, creating a tension with the band's typically clean production that gives the album an interesting energy.

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