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Phoenix Drops New Single “Entertainment”

Phoenix Drops New Single “Entertainment”
Brendan
  • On 02/21/2013
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2013 is shaping up to be a great year now that Phoenix’s forthcoming fifth album Bankrupt! set a release date for April 22nd and recently revealed their first single “Entertainment“. Back in 2009, the reviews came in favorably (to say the least) for their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It was not their first album, but their most notable to say the least. In fact, it won Best Alternative Music Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards. You know us, we don’t rely too much on awards shows, but we’ve been all over Phoenix since day one, particularly with their remixes. We’re sure we’ll see plenty more of those coming in 2013.  But in our humble and heavily slanted opinion towards indie music, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was full of more five-star tracks than a library is filled with books. If our analogies are too much for you today, then suffice it to say that we still wake up drooling over an album four-years old.

So we touched back on the past with a mere four albums under their belt, but now let’s visit their new album. Oddly enough, Phoenix’s new track, which is available as an early release when you pre-order their album on iTunes, resounds like that of a bonus track from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The lyrics “What you want and what you do to me” sound eerily similar to those of “Lasso”, a popular song from Phoenix’s 2009 album. The “Lasso” lyrics are similar, “Don’t do it what you do it you should do to me”. In fact, the lyrical structure and beat is like a self-remixed version of “Lasso”. But we can’t prove that, of course. As Thom Mars repeats, “low low low”, the similarities are striking to that of “Forever is a long, long time when you’ve lost your way”. But I digress…

With the band following in their same footsteps from 2009, could they have carried forward their desirable formula forward; lyrical structure, beat and all? Judging by their first single from Bankrupt!, it appears that “Entertainment” hit the nail on the head again, if not the fact that Phoenix had simply more up their sleeve from a “long long” four years ago. Or perhaps they’ve taken the Pearl Jam approach, and milked their last album for everything it was worth before realizing it was time to move forward with their half-baked material from 2009.

What are your thoughts on Bankrupt!?  Let us know!  Even if that means you don’t like albums with an exclamation point.

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