- Released: March 16, 2015
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Parlophone (Wea)
Uncut - p.1104 stars out of 5
- "It's delightfully insidious, the hooks subtle, the lyrics obtuse."
Alternative Press - p.1364 out of 5
- "[T]he French retro-pop troupe slow it down for maximum smoovness..."
Magnet - p.120
"ALPHABETICAL has plenty of carefree pop that's so clean, you can eat off it. The topper is the beautifully mellow 'Love For Granted'..."
CMJ - p.45
"ALPHABETICAL is a polished, precise and more focused album."
- 1.Everything Is Everything
- 2.Run Run Run
- 3.I'm an Actor
- 4.Love for Granted
- 5.Victim of the Crime
- 6.(You Can't Blame It On) Anybody
- 8.If It's Not With You
- 9.Holdin' on Together
- 11.The Diary of Alphabetical
Phoenix (France): Deck d'Arcy (bass instrument); Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz.
Personnel: Thomas Mars (vocals); Laurent Brancowitz (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Christian Mazzalai (guitar, background vocals); Ivan Beck (acoustic guitar); Deck d'Arcy (keyboards, background vocals); Jean-Max Mery, Jim Mery (keyboards); Alex Locascio (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tony Hoffer.
Recording information: Our Basement; Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Hedi Slimane.
Four years after its acclaimed 2000 debut, UNITED, the French pop group Phoenix returned with its eagerly anticipated follow-up, ALPHABETICAL. Whereas UNITED gleefully careened from guitar-based rock to bouncy dance tunes to country-tinged numbers, ALPHABETICAL creates a more thoughtful and consistent atmosphere that relies largely on pop-perfect melodies and steady, driving rhythms.
"Everything Is Everything" sets the mood with a staccato acoustic guitar line joined by tight bass playing and mid-tempo beats. The charismatic vocals and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics of frontman Thomas Mars carry the tunes, particularly the synth-driven "(You Can't Blame It on) Anybody" and the groove-laden "Holdin' on Together." Although Phoenix heavily references 1970s radio-rock and '80s New Wave pop, the quartet blends these elements into its own sound with ease, and the result is an infectious album that gets better with each listen.