How to follow up a record like Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, a record that was a smash with the hip indie fan and the pop lover alike? Bankrupt is Phoenix’s answer, maintaining the busy yet smooth sounds we previously enjoyed, with perhaps just a little more heft. Just right for your light and breezy summer road-trip.
Vinyl LP £19.49 0825646464470
LP on Atlantic.
CD £13.49 2564646450
Deluxe 2CD edition on Atlantic.
8/10 Jack 5th February 2015
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!
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