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5.0 out of 5 stars Laidback French Genuis, 25 July 2005
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I can only add to the breathless excitement of earlier reviews. First heard of Phoenix by their inclusion on the 'Lost in Translation' soundtrack, with 'Too Young', which is the second track on this outstanding album. If you've ever wondered what Daft Punk or Air might have sounded like if they'd fallen in love with guitars rather than keyboards and synths, then this is for you. Mellow, funky guitar based tunes, tinged with Gallic lyricism and not a little passion for Seventies soft rock, this album asks only three or four listens before invoking a lifelong devotion to all things Phoenix. 'Too Young', 'If I Ever Feel Better', and 'Funky Squaredance' stand out as the strongest tracks, but the entire album, on repeated listening, reveals itself as a a work of intricate brilliance. The last track, 'Definitive Breaks', may sound like incidental music from a 1980s Mel Gibson movie at first run through, but listen to it in the context of the album, and try not to be moved. An essential purchase.
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