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Bankrupt!

22 April 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 19 April 2013
  • Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Label: Atlantic Records UK
  • Copyright: 2013 Loyauté under license to Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC and exclusively licensed to Warner Music UK Limited
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  • Total Length: 40:34
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  • ASIN: B00C875L5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,258 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2013
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The grey clouds part, the chill has gone and the sound of summer has arrived. It is possible to play Phoenix's wonderful 2009 "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" until the grooves wear out and then get another copy and press repeat. This ever inventive French band produce smart, intelligent and finely constructed pop songs that soundtrack your highs and lows, but are especially effective as the days draw out and the brighter sunsets beckon. They are a band so sure of themselves that their latest album which has been four years in the making is cheekily entitled "Bankrupt". On the evidence here the vaults remain full and for those who wish to completely overdose on a Phoenix extravaganza there is a deluxe edition of this new record that features 71 bonus tracks! It has been widely reported that they had intended to call this album "Ludwig Van Phoenix" to show a nod of continuity with its predecessor. Band leader Thomas Mars promised that the follow-up Bankrupt! would be more experimental and possibly ` psychedelic' there is however no sharp break here. Certainly the songs are generally denser and a bit more experimental, but the format follows the approach on WAP with largely 3 minute pop tracks hooked around a lengthy middle track. None of this serves to knock off the glossy pop sheen. Ironically the opener to the album "Entertainment" starts off with a slightly Oriental theme and then sounds in parts like the Strokes of old. Julian Casablancas has been raiding the sound of Phoenix for two albums so its only fitting that they repay the favour in this excellent lead single. More powerful songs follow with an immediate highlight the thudding "The Real Thing" which will undoubtedly be mixed to death on the internet.Read more ›
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I first discovered Phoenix when hearing Lisztomania about three years ago, it prompted me to buy Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. That album is still up there with my favourite albums of all time, each track being as good as the previous.

So, does Bankrupt! live up to the hype that the previous album created? Short answer is not really. It's a good album, but overshadowed by its predecessor. This is largely because a lot of the experiments Phoenix have tried here have not paid off, the titular track being the biggest example of this with a mish-mash of synth sounds that at one point become an overbearing noise similar to a polyphonic ringtone of '04. It's only saving grace being the last minute of vocals.

This in no way should dampen the quality of the four tracks that came before it however. The album's opener "Entertainment", a roaring Korean/Japanese inspired romp that builds up to one of Phoenix's best instrumental choruses to date. "The Real Thing" slows the pace down after this, with some fantastic vocals and a more traditional Phoenix sound mixed with a few of the experimental sounds from the previous track.

"SOS in Bel Air", the third track, is by far the standout song here. It's truly Phoenix at its best, with repetitive vocals and synth/analogue instruments that build up to Mars shouting 'Put my name on your list SOS in Bel Air' before crashing back down again. This is followed up with "Trying to Be Cool", the second single of Bankrupt! which incorporates an interesting off-key synth section that will definitely be a love or hate decision (and one that will not bode well with the pop-charts). No matter what your opinion on this is though there's no denying this song is extremely catchy.
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By Specs on 23 Jun. 2013
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A lot of the reviews have understandingly focused on comparing this album to the previous one (which is awesome by the way), but I always knew that this album was never going to top Wolfgang. Phoenix stuck to the same formula when structuring this album with a peak track mid way, although the difference being where Wolfgang tended to peater out in my opinion after 'Love like a Sunset, Pt.2', Bankrupt remained consistently fun and enjoyable throughout (although I did find the track 'Bankrupt!' a little too experimental and a bit of a nothing track - my only gripe with the album).

If you are a fan of Phoenix then I don't shun this album yet - just set your expectations and give it a couple of listens and you will soon be topped up with some Phoenix goodness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Gage on 18 Sept. 2013
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Been listening to this for a while but don't feel it is as good as 'Wolfgang Amadeus' or 'It's Never Been Like That', both of which are well worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Hewitson on 12 Mar. 2014
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I love Phoenix. Everything about their music is so delightful. I enjoy listening to them in the shower and sometimes while making spaghetti hoops.
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By Adam on 15 Oct. 2013
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If you liked their previous albums you will love this. The album has some really catchy songs that you will want to listen to again and again. It does include some tracks that you might skip over if you were listening to them by themselves as a single but they fit perfectly within the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Fletcher on 5 July 2014
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Bankrupt! by Phoenix essential tracks: Entertainment / Bourgeois
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I'm a huge fan of Phoenix and was really looking forward to this album, but it didn't live up to the hype that I'd given it. Certain songs are amazing whereas others fail to stick - worth getting, but alongside their other albums not on its own.
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