Ti Amo


Glassnote, 2017


REVIEW BY: Pete Crigler


On their first record in over four years, Phoenix returns to try and reclaim the airwaves like they did eight or so years ago. First single “J-Boy’ is an okay dance track that seems to be really missing the urgency of their best material. The title track is much better and a great song, definitely worth endless repeats. The bass and keyboards really help “Tuttifruitti” come to life and sparkle more so than some other tracks. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The band seems to be taking an easy listening tact on this disc. But fortunately, it works for them and the music here comes across like some good ear candy. “Goodbye Soleil” comes across like a bit of New Wave and it’s a great track that would fit on the radio right now. “Fleur De Lys” is another great moment that immediately makes one think of Phoenix of old. Despite being away for so long, the band has come back in fighting shape and is ready to take on the world once more.

“Role Model” is a good trance kind of song that one can get lost in. That’s one of Phoenix’s strengths: the ability to create music that listeners can just lose themselves easily in. Unfortunately, the last two or three cuts on Ti Amo are mostly duds, the worst of which is “Telefono.” This song goes absolutely nowhere, though luckily it’s not enough to dull the band’s power and their ability to create some wonderfully amazing songs.

Phoenix is one of the most interesting bands to burst onto the mainstream in the last couple of years, and they have returned with a batch of songs that work mostly well and serves as a great example of what modern day alternative rock should sound like.

Rating: B+

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