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United

PhoenixAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00004T9A7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. School's Rules
2. Too Young
3. Honeymoon
4. If I Ever Feel Better
5. Party Time
6. On Fire
7. Embuscade
8. Summer Days
9. Funky Squaredance
10. Definitive Breaks
11. Too Young (Zoot Woman Remix)

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"Heatwave," the funk-flavored track on the 1999 compilation Source Rocks, suggested Phoenix were another product of the French-filtered disco wave. However, United is suffused with breezy, retro-flavored rock numbers. Keyboard player and guitarist Branco was in Darlin--the indie act that spawned Daft Punk--but if they went one way, he surely went the other. United is reminiscent of West Coast American FM pop rock, with nods to everyone from Crosby Stills Nash & Young to "Jump"-era Van Halen. The thrilling "Too Young" and swooning "On Fire" are rattling good pop songs that fall on the right side of affectionate pastiche. "Summertime" is an enthusiastic power pop thrash, "Embuscade" a Steely Dan-styled jazz rock instrumental, and "Summerdays" a carefree country-tinged trip to the beach. Refreshing, intelligent and successful French rock--now that is a first. --Mike Pattenden

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply amazing. Forget all the hype around The Strokes, White Stripes and anyone else this is classic retro-style, summer drenched rock that makes you wanna put the top down and drive. Every song on here is there for a reason. This is one of them cd's that you can listen to over and over and never get bored. Its amazing to think that previous members formed the equally fantastic daft punk, however Phoenix have taken a different route - stand out tracks (although all are good include 'If I ever feel better' also check out its remixes aviable on the single, the uptempo 'Too Young,' the chilled 'Summer days' and the rocking 'Party Time.' Buy it you won't regret it, I promise its like nothing you've heard before! They are also awesome live so catch them if you can!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars United November 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely one of my favorite albums of all time.
As a dj, I Discovered it like many others trough the single 'If I Ever Feel Better' who was remixed by the big names of French House.
It is the perfect CD to listen at home while having a drink with friends or alone.
If I Ever Feel Better, Too Young and Honeymoon are 80s style melancholic electro-pop masterpiece, while some tracks like 'School Rules'are more on the rock edge.
Funky Squaredance is the secret highlight of the album for me, three songs in one.
I was also very surprised to see that Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk, Stardust, Roule and Irreversible) was playing keyboards for the band.
A must-buy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Wow after stumbling across Phoenix in the Farrelly brothers classic comedy "Shallow Hal", I just had to get it. Not only does 'United' contain the instant classics of 'Too Young' and Summer Days' as featured in the film, but as other reviews have mentioned,every track is a winner. A fine example where less is more... Oh if only Smashing Pumpkins had done the same with Mellon Collie..., it could have been one of the best albums of the 90's. Anyway I digress. Back to the vangaurd of the new wave retro French pop that is bubbling up here Down Under. DaftPunk, very innovative. Tahiti 80 are very similar to Phoenix and their album is definitely in the same vein as United. Sublime, exquisitely crafted pop music.Bottom line, if you love tight catchy songs,listen and love one of the best releases of.... 2000. Well it took a while to reach me, but it was worth it. Hope you love it!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teach ALL your friends the Funky Squaredance February 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The debut album from indie rockers Phoenix marks a welcome return to the guitar sound that surely I'm not the only one to have missed over the last few years. Since radio waves have been swamped by the girlish harmonies that boybands and teen-idols shriek, we've seldom had an upbeat guitar and keyboard band to caress our starving ears.
From the heavy opening chords you can sense that this is a band with an altogether traditional take on rock music. But as the album progresses, there's a sense that something out of the ordinary (in a good way) is pouring out of your speakers.
United combines up-tempo tunes such as 'Too Young' and If I Ever Feel Better' (thier UK single relases - so far, surely destined to become anthems for the year) which boast flavours of 70's disco, with off-the-wall melodies and franky undecipherable lyrics such as 'Funky Squaredance'.
At only 38 mins of play time, it's hardly overlong, but there's not a flat tune on the playlist and you'll never take it out of the cd player.
It's gotta be bought - simple.
Additionally, as a live act they live up to the promise of the album, with the bonus of extended versions of their songs, and acrobatics from the lead (who has a thing for climbing amplifiers). Check them out as soon as you get the chance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong debut October 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe that this is a debut CD. This group sounds like they have playing together for a long time (which they might have). I think mis-labeling ruined or at least mis-marketed this album, which really should be more well-known. I can't find this CD at any stores in town, not even Borders. Anyways, calling it "electronica" or "pop" greatly dilutes the music, which is just unnecessary. I'd defy anyone to place this album into a one-word genre, because this music draws on so many influences. Retro-groove-funk-europop is about as close as i can get, but once again, no need for labels. The vocals on this album are incredible, along with the arrangements. I actually like this album better than Alphabetical, in part because the mix of songs is all over the place. That said, there are still some common themes that run throughout this short CD that make it coherent. Because this album can't be explained very well (or at least i can't!), you'll just have to get it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might expect, but that's a good thing! February 11, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I first heard "If I Ever Feel Better" in an LA club late in 2001 and ran up to the DJ to ask who ...it was, because I fell in love with the song immediately. I found the album about three weeks later and was stunned but what came out of my stereo - a schizophrenic genre mix that ranged from Disco, to Country, to 80's Metal. By the third listen I was hooked. It takes balls of steel to make an album so varied, and real genius to create a song as beautiful as "Hollywood". I recommend this album highly if you need to inject a pulse into your music collection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
awesome cd! Love every song. It's music you can listen to while driving or to dance to. Big fan of phoenix.
Published 10 months ago by Rosemary Sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Like 1979 again....
I simply love this album - it really has a nostalgic up-tempo, yet relaxed sound. It's great for driving, working out, or just listening. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Pawlak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Overall this a good album, not as strong as their next album "Alphabetical," but it's pretty good. Read more
Published 18 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid record
This is a record I'd advise listening to on a play-through - it's not as full of catchy singles like Phoenix's more recent 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' but it's still a really good... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kurt K. Wagner
1.0 out of 5 stars worst album i've ever purchased.
THIS IS PROBABLY THE WORST ALBUM I'VE EVER HEARD. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW BAD IT IS. A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY
Published on January 27, 2011 by DANISH
5.0 out of 5 stars The early phoenix i fell in love with
The moment i heard this album, i was in such a ecstatic state. It was entertaining beoynd words. I fell in love instantly. It was just what i was looking for. Read more
Published on June 10, 2009 by Srinivas
4.0 out of 5 stars A weird mix between rock, pop and dance music - this is actually...
Pheonix is weird mix of rock and dance music which are both present occasionally. Most of the album is pretty catchy albeit cheesy and a guilty pleasure (I don't think you would... Read more
Published on January 6, 2006 by C. Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone who ever hears "Too Young" wants a copy
Phoenix is the band with a stupid name whose creativity is not further delimited by the stupid title ("United") of this collection of infectious pop songs. Read more
Published on October 21, 2005 by Bachelier
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel dirty!
When I heard this album I felt violated, but not in a good way... it conjured thoughts of seedy 70's night clubs with tight leather pants being the compulsory dress code...
Published on May 9, 2005 by myieke
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY a work of genius
This album is the greatest thing to emerge in music in the past 5 years. Phoenix is by far THE BEST pop-rock-tronica group out there. Pick up "United" now.
Published on March 5, 2005 by Michael Liu
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