Bad comic book joke. My apologies.
I first heard Phoenix via the track “Everything Is Everything,” which was my guilty pleasure for more than a few months. Guilty because I thought the band sounded like an indie Maroon 5, and pleasure because it’s unbelievably catchy and self-assured.
The band’s new album It’s Never Been Like That is a lot less guilty and a lot more just plain great. While it’s retained some of the band’s apparent bubblegum leanings, Phoenix has gotten a bit harder and dirtier. More ashy, if you will. If you like upbeat, melodic guitar rock, this stuff fits to a T.
(Buy from Astralwerks Records)