Wednesday, May 31, 2006

rally on the rally

I was lucky enough to round off a hat-trick of quality local gigs with Phoenix at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham last night. It was a great gig and you got the feeling that the band were genuinely touched by the response of the crowd. Although they've been around for a while, there's a real sense that "It's Never Been Like That" is their breakthrough point. It's easily their best album, slightly rougher-round-the-edges than previous efforts, but if you have even a passing interest in the redemptive powers of pop-music played with guitars, then you have to buy it. It will make you grin like a loon all the way through.

Phoenix - Rally

It's hard to pick a track that comes anyway close to the rush of GOOD VIBES you get from playing the album all the way through from the start, as great song follows great song. All killer no filler. But only a French band could write a love song about meeting at a political demonstration.

Buy - It's Never Been Like That
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