Raise the Dead

Raise the Dead

by Phantom Planet


Phantom Planet discovered the joys of rockin' out on their third, self-titled album, which felt designed to move them as far away from the piano-driven pop of The Guest as they could get. Four years later, they keep the volume turned up on Raise the Dead, also their first album for Fueled by Ramen. Their anthemic, rowdy sound makes a lot more sense on this label than it did on their previous imprints, and Phantom Planet just seem more comfortable all around on Raise the Dead. Their outbursts are more natural here than they were on Phantom Planet, especially on "Raise the Dead," where they feel completely in control of how the song moves from brisk acoustic guitars to a huge swell of strings and guitars. And even if they still don't go near The Guest's wistful ballad territory -- "Quarantine" bares its broken heart with an edge, and "I Don't Mind" is more bouncy than brooding -- Phantom Planet balance their brash side with their pop roots with a lot more flair. "Do the Panic"'s rough-and-tumble keyboards and guitars end up falling into place perfectly, "Ship Lost at Sea"'s piston-like drums are pushy and cute at the same time, and "Dropped" feels like a more polished sequel to Phantom Planet's "Bad Business." "Leave Yourself for Somebody Else" is Raise the Dead's purest pop moment, a bracing three minutes' worth of hooks, harmonies, and impatient rhythms. As comfortable as the band sounds on Raise the Dead, it isn't perfect: the chorus of children on "Leader" teeters between charming and cloying, and a few of the later songs, including "Demon Daughters" and "Geronimo," cross the line from loud and rambunctious to just plain screechy. Even with a few stumbles, Raise the Dead is among Phantom Planet's most enjoyable albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2008
Label: Fueled By Ramen
UPC: 0075678994999
catalogNumber: 442236

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phantom Planet   Primary Artist
Darren Robinson   Group Member
Sam Farrar   Group Member
Alex Greenwald   Group Member
Nick Bell   Children's Voices
Jeff Conrad   Group Member
Noureen Abhari   Children's Voices
Beker Baerwald   Children's Voices
Destiny Coleman   Children's Voices
Lucien Koenig   Children's Voices
Natalie Nooshin   Children's Voices
Charlotte Shenassa   Children's Voices

Technical Credits

Tony Berg   Producer
Sam Farrar   Composer
Alex Greenwald   Composer
Brian Ranney   Package Production
Tiffany Staton   Art Manager
Shawn Everett   Engineer
Mike Myerburg   Art Direction

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Raise the Dead 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lucky_13cc More than 1 year ago
i love this CD it is amazing when i listen 2 it i feel excited! and alive and when i listen i feel like me! and i cant believe im writing a review for a CD right now im probably just bored!!!haha
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Krista16 More than 1 year ago
This CD is incredible, they're seriously amazing. I love them so much. I love this CD. You know how you buy a CD for one song, well I love every one like they're my babies.