The French are not often thought of being creators of great rock, but Phoenix should change that. Their electronica-tinged rock is about as catchy as possible. The band excels in mid-tempo tunes driven by their jangly guitars. They also just rock out now and then like the opener Napoleon Says where they sing, “Look at what you look like /You know it suits you well/ Napoleon says to take off your coat/ Take off your long johns too…” The lyrics tend to be somewhat bizarre, but complement the music well. They sometimes sound like the Strokes, but Phoenix is more eclectic. They seem influenced somewhat by the synth heavy 80s bands, but it doesn’t dominate their sound like The Killers or The Bravery. So if you feel like some danceable, catchy, jangly, French rock, then this is for you.
2.60 out of 4.00 on the Vin Swanson Scale.