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Bankrupt!
Bankrupt!
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Another good album from Phoenix, doesn't quite live up to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, 26 April 2013
This review is from: Bankrupt! (Audio CD)
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.

The latter half of the album is decidedly weaker, except perhaps for "Drakkar Noir" and the closer "Oblique City". The album as a whole flows well, something that Phoenix appear to have learned to do since Wolfgang Amadeus, and there are plenty of standout tracks on offer here that will please almost all old and new Phoenix fans alike.


The Resistance
The Resistance
Price: £5.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, mixed album, 25 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Resistance (Audio CD)
This is a very "different" album, but it is "different" in a good way.
Uprising is by far my favourite track of the album, with Resistance and Undisclosed Desires coming in joint second.
The most interesting tracks in my opinion however, are "United States of Eurasia" and all 3 exogenesis symphonies. The first seems to be a very Queen inspired track and I thought I was listening to Queen. But it does grow on you and becomes better with each listen. And the symphonies are a MUSE/Mozart hybrid. Very interesting tracks.
My final opinion is, you have to be a very big MUSE fan to like this album, otherwise, you won't understand its sheer brilliance.


Apple iPod touch 32GB (Launched Sept 2009)
Apple iPod touch 32GB (Launched Sept 2009)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!!, 19 Feb. 2010
This is a briliant piece of kit that is definately better than any of the other ipods available. I previously had an 80GB ipod classic and wasn't too sure if it was worth upgrading, but now I know I was wrong to doubt. Anyway, here's a list of pros and cons:
Pros:
+ Responsive screen
+ Great sound quality
+ Plays videos brilliantly
+ Addition of WIFI
+ Apps! So many cool apps and games- Doodlejump and peggle my two favourites
+ Addition of a speaker
+ A lot cheaper than the iphone and does everything I would want one for (HTC HD2 does all the other smartphoney stuff I could need)
+ There are loads more but those are my main Pros

Cons:
- Battery life isn't brilliant when playing game
- Still has the shiny back that loves to get scratched and gunky
- Speaker is a bit naff in quality and volume
- WIFI is a big battery sucker

Thats about it really. The pros are very big pros and the cons are just petty but hey, not everything is perfect.

Two words:
Buy it!


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