Review: Jack Foley
PHOENIX are long overdue their time in the limelight, according
to many Djs, who have seized upon the release of the single, Run,
Run, Run, as a terrific opportunity to extol their virtues.
Cut from the same sort of cloth as Air, in that sophisticated
French way of producing folk-inspired electro-pop, the band certainly
appear worthy of praise, for their second album, Alphabetical.
And anyone who has picked up on the vibe surrounding the supremely
laid-back single, can expect more of the same from the long-player,
in that it is a typically cool piece of Gallic-flavoured music-making
that marks a good period for the French music industry.
Alphabetical actually marks a more downbeat direction
than its predecessor, United, but is still a fairly breezy
affair, packed with the type of delicious beats that make it ideal
for kicking back with on a cool Summers day.
Run, Run, Run is an excellent example of what to expect,
with its hip-hop beats and folk-styled rhythms, effortlessly hinting
at the Air-style of Talkie
Walkie, while also the likes of Beck after he has smoked a
Thomas Mars laidback, warm vocals, also serve as a welcome
guide to the beats on show, effectively providing a more than
satisfying accompaniment to the quality of the music.
Further highlights include the harmonious ballad, Love For
Granted, and the Dr Dre-style piano hook of Victim of Crime,
while Congratulations is neatly summarised in the publicity
as being like Daft Punk gone indie.
Throughout, the country-tinged elements sit comfortably alongside
the hip-hop and electronica influences, making it an absorbing
There is the odd moment when tracks seem to go nowhere, such
as I'm An Actor or If It's Not You, but, on the
whole, the overall effect is extremely positive and well worth
For those who love the style of Run, Run, Run, of course,
Alphabetical is damn near essential.
1. Eveything Is Everything
2. Run Run Run
3. I'm An Actor
4. Love For Granted
5. Victim of the Crime
6. (You Can't Blame It On) Anybody
8. If It's Not With You
9. Holdin' On Together