Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That

While it’s a bit of a sad fact, your chances of becoming popular are pretty limited if you don’t sing in English. Sure your home country may embrace you but reaching an international audience is a lot harder. English, it seems, is becoming the universal language. The music industry is directly targeting the lazy, uni-lingual Westerners and I couldn’t be happier about it. Phoenix, whilst being French, have, luckily for us, opted to sing in English. For their music really is something of a treat and would really be lacking something if we couldn’t understand it. For those who deal in genres, I would have to put their sound somewhere between alternative and infectious pop.

Consolation Prizes – The beauty of singing is that it transcends accents. Sure you get the British bands who’ll drop the occasional slur that makes them so…charming, but most of the time, nationality seems to make no difference. This is definitely evident here, Phoenix don’t even sound remotely French. Right from the offset you know what you’re in for. It’s the kind of song that won’t sit still.

Long Distance Calls – While the intros to these two songs might be remarkably alike, they each go their own way. This one has a much slower feel to it but stays true the immediate and catchy formula that makes them so successful.

10 comments:

Sean said...

I am really enjoying this record. And Arts & Crafts put it out in Canada!

Peter said...

Awesome. I take ityou are from Canada then?(or just get easily excited). That reminds me that i never checked if it's even available here in Australia...whoops

jane said...

he has a really nice voice
it could be a placebo effect from the fact that you said they spoke french but i really like the way he sounds

Peter said...

are you saying that i only perceive english music as better because i expect it to be better, or am i just overestimating your double entendre abilities?

jane said...

you definitely read into that too much

Peter said...

i make it my duty to look into everything too much

Sean said...

Yeah I'm Canadian, but I live in Sydney now. And I'm pretty sure I've seen it in shops here....

Peter said...

Well there you go folks, you should be able to buy (if you're into that sort of thing) this album in all good record stores. and buy it you should

Eric, Sweden said...

I didn't like the weird first album when Sofia Coppola made them famous but "It's Never Been.." is genius. Completely genius.

Best tracks is Long Distance Call, Lost & Found and the masterpiece Consolation Prizes.

Ciao, be good

Peter said...

Indeed. What's a better than a bunch of damn catchy frenchies? Apart from Swedes, nothing!