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Phoenix (2000's Group) - United - Cd
"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
Top Customer Reviews
Of the remaining 7 music tracks, there are a couple of obvious minor hit songs, and some interesting pieces that are likeable. I won't lie to you and tell you that this is a great album, but on tracks 3,4 and 8, you can hear the band's talent for some very good songs, bordering on excellent, and possibly singles material. Tracks 2,6,7 are pretty good tracks to listen to, that are not the "hits", but are pleasant enough to at times remind you of a fledgling "Steely Dan"... maybe a French Steely Dan, late 1970s. Track 5 I dislike. A feeble attempt at sounding "loud", but without the ammunition of a good melody. Then again, some audiences will be turned on by the extreme compression. Overall, it a good debut album. It would have received 4 stars had they gotten rid of the stupid and weak material from the album: tracks 1,5,9,10.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not to my taste, Did not like one single track on this CD.