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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
After avoiding the sophomore slump with relative ease, Phoenix return with their third release stripped of the post-disco house sound that helped to define them, focusing more on the songwriting side of things than any sort of dancefloor-focused groove. In fact, it takes until the fourth song, "Long Distance Call," for anything resembling a dancefloor beat to appear, and when it does it feels like an epilogue to the wonderful "If I Ever Feel Better" off the group's debut record. The band has definitely learned a thing or two through its evolution, placing more of an emphasis on guitar than before (Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai sound as if they've been in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
After avoiding the sophomore slump with relative ease, Phoenix return with their third release stripped of the post-disco house sound that helped to define them, focusing more on the songwriting side of things than any sort of dancefloor-focused groove. In fact, it takes until the fourth song, "Long Distance Call," for anything resembling a dancefloor beat to appear, and when it does it feels like an epilogue to the wonderful "If I Ever Feel Better" off the group's debut record. The band has definitely learned a thing or two through its evolution, placing more of an emphasis on guitar than before (Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai sound as if they've been in the woodshed studying the chops of Johnny Marr and the twin-guitar attack of the Strokes' last few records), and their performances sound more confident than ever. Gone are the sluggish country-infused downtempo numbers, replaced with a more even-keeled track sequencing and tempo throughout -- almost as if they've been able to focus on the things that make the band so engaging to begin with, monopolize on them, and move forward in a refreshing and vibrant direction.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
On their excellent third album...Phoenix move in a more rock direction, using more guitar and less electronics in nouveau gems.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 094636091129
  • Catalog Number: 609114
  • Sales rank: 12,664

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Napoleon Says (3:13)
  2. 2 Consolation Prizes (3:16)
  3. 3 Rally (3:17)
  4. 4 Long Distance Call (3:04)
  5. 5 One Time Too Many (3:40)
  6. 6 Lost and Found (2:56)
  7. 7 Courtesy Laughs (3:14)
  8. 8 North (5:01)
  9. 9 Sometimes in the Fall (5:49)
  10. 10 Second to None (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phoenix Primary Artist
Thomas Mars Vocals, Group Member
Deck d'Arcy Bass, Group Member
Christian Mazzalai Guitar, Group Member
Laurent Brancowitz Guitar, Group Member
Thomas Hedlund Drums
Prince Amethyste Percussion
Sebastian Schmidt Drums
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Yann Arnaud Engineer
Phoenix Composer, Producer
Julien Delfaud Engineer
Christian Bader Engineer
Laurent Brancowitz Artwork
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