Thinking This Is Fun
Winners have a bad habit of making everyone else a loser by default, but when a band like Phoenix pulls ahead of the pack, for the time being, we can all share in the victory.
Take Phoenix, for example. They win. This French indie rock outfit has a new album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, due out in May, but, wouldn't you know it, the whole thing's leaked online already. And the preliminary reviews are quite positive. Maybe not everyone agrees that Phoenix is winning at the moment, but those who disagree are just wrong. Their sound is fun and washy and dramatic and beepy and the singer has a sorta wussy voice. They sound like your childhood getting out of school for the summer. This band is screwed. Down the road, they'll have plenty of opportunities to impress us again, but it probably won't sound as fresh and exciting as this album does right now. Luckily, it's still now now.
There are so many great songs to recommend from the album (some of which are scheduled to be performed on SNL on April 4), so it's fortunate that the site Et Musique Pour Tous has corralled a bunch of them for your perusal. (Fair warning: the writer seems a bit hung up on Sophia Coppola, the lead singer's wife.) We're recommending "Fences," a groovy pop song not unlike those regularly produced by of Montreal, although "1901" is the already-released and nigh-universally enamored single. Well done, Phoenix, and God help you.