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The French group Phoenix draw elements from their eclectic ’80s upbringing to arrive at a satisfying synthesis of rock and synthesizers. Vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d’Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai were a garage band based out of Mars’ house in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai’s older brother Branco joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin’ ... Read more in Amazon's Phoenix Store

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  • Vinyl (April 23, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glassnote
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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1. Entertainment
2. The Real Thing
3. S.O.S. In Bel Air
4. Trying To Be Cool
5. Bankrupt!
6. Drakkar Noir
7. Chloroform
8. Don t
9. Bourgeois
10. Oblique City

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no Wolfgang Amadeus April 23, 2013
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Everyone's favorite alternative pop band from Versailles, France returns to the scene with a new album!

"Bankrupt!" by Phoenix is good, though it is in the precarious position of having to follow up their amazing 2009 "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" album. Unfortunately, Bankrupt is no Wolfgang Amadeus, and none of the songs quite reach the caliber of hits such as "1901" or "Lisztomania". That's not to say this is a bad album, not by any means, but if you were expecting bigger and better, well you might want to adjust your expectations a bit because you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

Phoenix claims that "Bankrupt!" is an experimental album, but I think that's a bit of a hyperbole as aside from an adjustment of some synths, everything is essentially similar. Upon listening to the album's tracks for the first time, the songs that definitely stand out are "Trying to Be Cool" and "Bourgeois". Those two songs in particular have that amazing synth heavy sound that is sure to please long-time fans of Phoenix. After multiple listens, you will start to pick up on the nuances of some of the other songs as well, but not quite on the level of "Trying to Be Cool" or "Bourgeois".

"SOS in Bel-Air", "Drakkar Noir", "Chloroform" and "Don't" are pleasing songs but nothing that really stays stuck in your head. It's not necessarily hit and miss, it's just good and that's it. There is a BIG BIG miss on the album though that is worth mentioning and that is the title track "Bankrupt!". I don't know what the band was going for with this song, but the whole track just feels disjointed and directionless. It starts out strong and then just peters out into nothingness. Before you know it, the song has ended and track 6 starts playing.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't compare it to "Wolfgang", just enjoy! April 24, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I honestly first discovered this band from their previous landmark album "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix." They had this unique, yet familiar sound that was nearly irresistible. I even went back to their older albums to see what I missed out on. How their song "If I Ever Feel Better" wasn't a worldwide mega hit is beyond me! But again, Wolfgang seemed to be the bands magnum opus so far and people had very high expectations for what would follow. I did too, but I remembered that having expectations usually leads to letdowns. So I went into this new album "Bankrupt" with an open mind just so I could enjoy the music. It was just good to hear new music from "Phoenix"! They aren't the only French band who have been receiving some attention. "Daft Punk" have grown and grown in popularity with each year, and another awesome band is "M83" who is also gaining momentum. Now "Phoenix" is back in the spotlight too and hopefully this album helps them stay there. So here's a track by track breakdown.

1. Entertainment: The lead single off the album that most people have heard. It hasn't received the popularity that "1901" and "Lisztomania" did but I still loved the vibe of this song. The guitars and synths that the song revolves around sounds like a 80's song in Asia. You will hear a lot of sounds similar to the 80's era of music on this album. I always think of being in some big Asian city or Beach when listening to this song. Nice catchy song that grows with each listen.
2. The Real Thing: Nice groovy song all the way through. Though there isn't really a catchy hook, the song as a whole is beautiful. There are so many layers in this song you could miss out on depending on how you listen to it. The song ends abruptly though. Gets me every time.
3. S.O.S.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Followup to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix April 23, 2013
Format:Audio CD
For what its worth, it would be tough for anyone to meet or exceed the expectations set for Phoenix. The band is coming off of its wonderful 2009 release, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The album was a critical and commercial success -- it was popular on a mass scale with the hit singles "Lisztomania" and "1901", and it scored well with indie hipsters. The album was indie-rock at its core, but it was polished and waxed with a nice French New Wave coating. The marriage of this melodic songwriting and stylish electronic music made for a record that was unmistakably cool. Because Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is so well regarded, the music community has been chomping at the bit for their followup. Four years later, and here it is: 2013's Bankrupt!

Phoenix's formula is largely unchanged from its last album -- the band writes alternative/indie songs and coats them in stylish electronic percussion and synth. Bankrupt! differs in a few ways from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix though. This record is a bit more experimental with its sounds, and the band takes its time developing grooves this time around. Where Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was largely to-the-point and concise, Bankrupt! allows itself to briefly. Make no mistake, these songs are all crafted as pop songs, but their sound is more multidimensional on this record. The band, when promoting the album, warned that it would be "experimental." For the most part though, this music is unmistakably Phoenix.

The album begins with its lead single, "Entertainment." The song centers around an Eastern-themed motif played out on the synthesizer, and while the song itself is quite good, this motif really annoys me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the year!
I haven't heard a great album as good as this by a contemporary band in a long time! Buying the record is more than worth it because not only do you get the vinyl, but you get to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by foto92
2.0 out of 5 stars This album is a disappointment
I have several Phoenix albums and I had generally like everything they had done up until this point. Album is just boring and uninspiring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tommy D
5.0 out of 5 stars One Rad Album
Good Pop Rock album. Great lyrics and fast tempo; really jacked up those beats per minute. But it's also has some great chilled out tracks.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MELLOW DISTORTION.....
I was not a huge fan of Amadeus Phoenix, and never have really grasped onto the group much before this, but I gotta say, the peach album, BANKRUPT! Read more
Published 5 months ago by wally gator
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
I bought "Bankrupt" recently, now the song "Drakkar Noir" plays every morning during my commute to work. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jerry Stacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Phoenix ever do wrong?
Phoenix does it again. Their music is catchy, and the lyrics are original. I love everything about this album. Drakkar Noir, Trying to Be Cool, and Bankrupt! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shannon
2.0 out of 5 stars Mehh.
This sounds nothing like their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (which I LOVED). It was an overall disappointment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sommer
5.0 out of 5 stars RE: BANKRUPT

Published 8 months ago by Sheena
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I absolutely LOVE Phoenix. I can listen to them all day and never get tired of them. Their music puts me in a trance. Buy it.
Published 8 months ago by Shayna C. King
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Lisztomania better
I've seen a lot of people say that this album is tighter than Lisztomania, but that really doesn't overcome just how infectiously catchy the tracks on Lisztomania were. Read more
Published 8 months ago by chunkybeefstyle
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