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A welcome return
on 13 April 2004
Ahh Phoenix...... how ive missed you. Its been 4 long years since 'United' and I was fearing the worst. United was an excetional album, full of funk and rhythm, winning tunes and stunning melody and quickly became one of my favourite albums.
Now the young parisians have returned to try and follow up that great album with 'Alphabetical', and while it doesnt quite top 'United', it makes you glad there is a band like Phoenix about.
Opener 'Everything is Everything' is classic Phoenix, a subtle dance track, hushed vocals with a cracking tune. 'Victim of the Crime' is another winner. Opening like a dr dre song, the chorus kicks in and youre up and dancing again. All in all there is not a bad song on here, with 'Love for Granted', '(You Can Blame It On)Anybody', 'If Its Not With You' and 'Holdin On Together' being other fine songs.
The only downside to the album is the lack of a 'If I Ever Feel Better' or 'Funky Squaredance', the two quintessential Phoenix tracks. While all the songs are good, none come close to these, which is a shame.
But im being petty. Phoenix have returned and we should all raise a glass to them and celebrate the fact there is a band like them around. If you like music, you'll like Phoenix and i can wholly recommend you buy this album. You'll not be disappointed.