Phoenix’s 2006 album It’s Never Been Like That was one of my favorite albums of that year (the band’s first two efforts were a bit disappointing to me), and it’s still something I enjoy listening to on occasion. It’s been a while since we last heard from the band (what with lead singer Thomas Mars being busy making babies with famous directors), and while I was looking forward to new material from them, I was a little concerned that the hiatus would send Phoenix’s sound back to the “Funky Squaredance” era.
“1901,” which the band is offering up for free on its Web site, thankfully doesn’t stray too far from what I liked; it’s dance oriented, but not too dance-y. The new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix will be out in May, just in time for my birthday. Who says the French are rude?
A Phoenix sampler, from my completely biased perspective, below.
“Everything Is Everything”:
“Run Run Run”:
We Are Phoenix [Official site]