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Bankrupt (2013)

Artist: Phoenix
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Format: CD
Sku: 248204233
UPC: 892038002848
UPC 14: 00892038002848
Release Date: 4/23/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Entertainment!
2. Real Thing, The
3. S ~ O
4. Trying To Be Cool
5. Bankrupt!
6. Drakkar Noir
7. Chloroform
8. Don't
9. Bourgeois
10. Oblique City

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Lyricist: Phoenix .
Muze PNote Personnel: Thomas Hedlund (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Zdar.
Muze PNote Recording information: Hall Of St. John's Primary School, Mullumbimby, New Aus; Motorbass Recording Studio, Paris; Oscilloscope, New York, NY; Studios D'herb?court.
Muze PNote Somewhat sneakily, as they honed their blend of new wave, synth pop, soft rock, and all things '80s for the better part of a decade, Phoenix became one of the most influential acts of the 2000s and 2010s. When they married that distinctive style to some of their strongest songs on 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, that album's mainstream success felt like a well-earned reward for their years of defining a sound that had permeated a lot of pop culture. Its follow-up, Bankrupt!, isn't nearly as devoid of new ideas as its title suggests, but it doesn't feel like quite the leap forward Wolfgang was compared to what came before it. Not that it necessarily needs to be; Phoenix sound more comfortable and confident than ever on songs like the lead single, "Entertainment," which defines almost everything that they do on the rest of the album with its galloping beats, earnest vocals, and Asian-tinged keyboard melodies. "Trying to Be Cool," "Don't," and "Oblique City" also carry over the bouncy irresistibility of the band's breakthrough, and even if they don't have the star-making power that "1901" and "Lisztomania" did, they reveal Phoenix's deep love and even deeper knowledge of '80s pop magic in their deft major-to-minor key changes and strategically placed buildups and breakdowns. These little touches help the band stand out among its like-minded contemporaries, and it helps that Phoenix have been drawing inspiration from the '80s longer than that decade actually existed (the fact that they mixed Bankrupt! on the console used in the making of Michael Jackson's Thriller might have contributed some good '80s karma as well). Elsewhere, they pay lip service to another of that decade's icons with "Drakkar Noir," and the way Thomas Mars pronounces it almost makes the overbearing cologne cool again. Here and on "The Real Thing," the band ponders and crosses the line between real and fake, taking it to new levels on "S.O.S. in Bel Air," which could reignite the debate between Strokes and Phoenix fans over who copied who first (and who does it better). Later on, things get interesting -- particularly for longtime fans -- when the band indulges its experimental side on songs like the seven-minute title track, which prefaces Mars' vocals with a lengthy stretch of baroque keyboards, and the expansive melancholy of "Chloroform" and "Bourgeois." Even if moments like these aren't exactly in keeping with the sound that broke Phoenix, they're a reminder that the bandmembers ultimately became popular by being themselves. Bankrupt! lets them celebrate with a victory lap that's enjoyable for all concerned. ~ Heather Phares

Producer: Phoenix; Zdar

Engineer: Julien Torb; Andre Kelman; Bastien Vandevelde; Laurent D'Herbecourt; Zdar

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Kitsune Maison 7
Muze Music Compilations Six Feet Under, Volume 2-Everything Ends
Muze Music Compilations Lost In Translation

Associated Artists and Works

Everything in Slow Motion ~ Everything In Slow Motion

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : GLS-0140-02
Music Label Name Label : Loyaut?
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00892038002848

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.67)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "BANKRUPT! is rich with colorful, astral-planing synths, wry guitar shimmer, pillow-pump drums and Thomas Mars' blue-eyed vocal swoon..."

CMJ - "The album is an impressive display of impeccable production, with a pristine use of synthesizers and general ability to tap into the magic of danceable '80s pop."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The hit rate of concise, melodic songs is healthy, with abstract ambitions restricted to Bach organs and a synth vortex reminiscent of Italian dance producer Giorgio Moroder on the seven-minute title track."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] juddering synths and rapid-fire bass/drum interplay....[Phoenix] are content to make music best consumed with the sun warming your face."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Phoenix
Product attributeLabel:   Glassnote Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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