Bankrupt! [Deluxe Edition]
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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My vinyl was bent a little, so it doesn't sound the best for the first song, but oh well.Published 4 months ago by maura finnegan
Another Standard 10-track Phoenix Album that will having you hum each tune at random times during the day ad infinitum, I Loved It, EXCELLENT ALBUM!Published 5 months ago by Theodore Roy
Loved it! The delivery was really fast, considering my location. The product arrived with no problems or details, just what I ordered!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived damaged. The record was warped badly. Had to send back.Published 6 months ago by Rachel H. Nguyen
Very disappointed in this music CD. It don't fit me and my kind of music.Published 9 months ago by Adrian