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Phoenix - Bankrupt!

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Item #: 15188026
    Lyricist: Phoenix . Personnel: Thomas Hedlund (drums). Audio Mixer: Zdar. Recording information: Hall Of St. John's Primary School, Mullumbimby, New Aus; Motorbass Recording Studio, Paris; Oscilloscope, New York, NY; Studios D'herb?court. Somewhat snea......more

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Artist: Phoenix
Description:
Lyricist: Phoenix . Personnel: Thomas Hedlund (drums). Audio Mixer: Zdar. Recording information: Hall Of St. John's Primary School, Mullumbimby, New Aus; Motorbass Recording Studio, Paris; Oscilloscope, New York, NY; Studios D'herb?court. Somewhat sneakily, as they honed their blend of new wave, synth pop, soft rock, and all things '80s for the better part of a decade, Phoenix became one of the most influential acts of the 2000s and 2010s. When they married that distinctive style to some of their strongest songs on 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, that album's mainstream success felt like a well-earned reward for their years of defining a sound that had permeated a lot of pop culture. Its follow-up, Bankrupt!, isn't nearly as devoid of new ideas as its title suggests, but it doesn't feel like quite the leap forward Wolfgang was compared to what came before it. Not that it necessarily needs to be; Phoenix sound more comfortable and confident than ever on songs like the lead single, "Entertainment," which defines almost everything that they do on the rest of the album with its galloping beats, earnest vocals, and Asian-tinged keyboard melodies. "Trying to Be Cool," "Don't," and "Oblique City" also carry over the bouncy irresistibility of the band's breakthrough, and even if they don't have the star-making power that "1901" and "Lisztomania" did, they reveal Phoenix's deep love and even deeper knowledge of '80s pop magic in their deft major-to-minor key changes and strategically placed buildups and breakdowns. These little touches help the band stand out among its like-minded contemporaries, and it helps that Phoenix have been drawing inspiration from the '80s longer than that decade actually existed (the fact that they mixed Bankrupt! on the console used in the making of Michael Jackson's Thriller might have contributed some good '80s karma as well). Elsewhere, they pay lip service to another of that decade's icons with "Drakkar Noir," and the way Thomas Mars prono...
See Also:
Alphabetical, United, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
See Influences:
Stereolab, Electric Light Orchestra, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Todd Rundgren, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Aztec Camera, ABC
See Contemporaries:
Spoon, Erlend Oye, Prototypes, Bad Suns, Two Door Cinema Club, Daft Punk, The Teenagers, The Whitest Boy Alive, Dan Black, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassius (France), Phantom Planet, Empire of the Sun, Busy P, Mellow, The National Trust, Zoot Woman, Air (France), Axe Riverboy, Hot Chip, Baby Dayliner, Playgroup (Trevor Jackson), The Aluminum Group, The Clientele, Tahiti 80, Darkel
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Entertainment!
  2. 2 Real Thing, The
  3. 3 S-O-S In Bel Air
  4. 4 Trying To Be Cool
  5. 5 Bankrupt!
  6. 6 Drakkar Noir
  7. 7 Chloroform
  8. 8 Don't
  9. 9 Bourgeois
  10. 10 Oblique City
Type:
Performer
Genre:
R&B
Subgenre:
Dance
Label:
Glassnote Records
Producer:
Phoenix; Zdar
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
40 : 35
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.67) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "BANKRUPT! is rich with colorful, astral-planing synths, wry guitar shimmer, pillow-pump drums and Thomas Mars' blue-eyed vocal swoon..." CMJ - "The album is an impressive display of impeccable production, with a pristine use of synthesizers and general ability to tap into the magic of danceable '80s pop." Q (Magazine) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The hit rate of concise, melodic songs is healthy, with abstract ambitions restricted to Bach organs and a synth vortex reminiscent of Italian dance producer Giorgio Moroder on the seven-minute title track." Mojo (Publisher) (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] juddering synths and rapid-fire bass/drum interplay....[Phoenix] are content to make music best consumed with the sun warming your face."
UPC:
892038002848
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