Phoenix, 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' (Loyaute/Glassnote)

Critical Mass
Label:

by Josh Modell

These arch Frenchmen make precision-tooled pop that somehow retains a sense of urgency and playfulness -- an impressive balancing act consistently slam-dunked by effortlessly ingratiating choruses. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (what an effing title!) opens with two near-perfect prototypes, the gloriously sunny "Listzomania," and its crisper, quicker cousin, "1901." Nothing quite matches that salvo, but the atmospheric, Air-indebted "Fences" and yacht-rockin' "Girlfriend" come close. There's even an epic, mid-album palate cleanser (genial comedown "Love Like a Sunset") that counteracts any potential bliss overdose.

WATCH: Phoenix, "Listzomania"

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Miley Cyrus — Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin (Cover) " 05:44
  • 2 Chris Brown & Trey Songz — Tuesday (Remix) " 04:26
  • 3 Buzzcocks — "It's Not You" " 02:46
  • 4 The Drums — Magic Mountain " 04:05
  • 5 Jessie Ware — Kind Of...Sometimes...Maybe " 03:46
  • 6 Flying Lotus — Coronus, the Terminator " 02:40
  • 7 JEFF The Brotherhood — Gouge Away " 02:52

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA