Album number three from those slick Parisian pop fellows Phoenix. It’s Never Been Like That was something of a hit on initial release in 2006, pleasing listeners across the spectrum with its mixture of soft rock textures, pop melodies, and louche Frenchness. Reissued in a vinyl format by Rhino.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 5th February 2015
I'm more and more impressed by Phoenix the longer I listen to them. This record has a beautiful sense of the power of repetition in a pop song. The subtle sonic and lyric shifts allow the songs to flex and bob about themselves, creating songs that are more akin to woven compositions than just verse/chorus/verse.
Standouts like "Rally" and "One Time Too Many" show the band's confidence and ability to know when to layout or build up to strengthen the feel of the song.
My only complaint would be that many of the songs seem truncated right as they might be well served by a real release or extended coda. That said, it gives one a good reason to play it again and again.
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