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Phoenix

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In 2000, Phoenix’s first album release, UNITED, blazed across the musical skies like a newly discovered comet. Paris, London, Dublin, New York and Detroit were all captivated, with everyone heaping praise on them, name-checking them as influences. And with good cause: great composition, great performances, great production and attention to detail, combined with the unanswerable success of the album’s singles, ‘Too Young’, ‘Funky Squaredance’ and ‘If I Ever Feel Better’. Buyers and critics were unanimous in hailing a brilliant début.For ALPHABETICAL, Phoenix’s four members – Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz and Deck d’Arcy – closeted themselves away in their studio, determined to create a recording at once more complete and more personal than UNITED. They operated as a true collective, a symbiosis in which each member was equally responsible for the lyrics, music, performance, arrangements and production. They were adamant that, at every stage of the album’s production, they do their utmost to retain their artistic signature, even if it meant allowing certain imperfections and accidents to make it into the final mix. Speaking of which, American Tony Hoffer was brought on board to add his technical prowess to the final mixing – he was able to add a new dimension to the group’s already highly polished production.The album opens with a bang: ‘Everything Is Everything’ is the happy lovechild of a radical beat and brilliant songwriting. Phoenix have once again given birth to a mutant, drawing on a range of disparate influences to create an idiom that is both coherent and profoundly original. What can you say about a track like ‘Run, Run, Run’, a highly improbable collision between folk guitar and a pounding hip hop beat? Phoenix have the knack of flawlessly unifying the seemingly incompatible – it’s never artificial, never labored. ‘I’m An Actor’ ushers in a radical change of tone: a monologue from the mouth of an actor drunk on power that progressively becomes a furious, megalomaniacal rant. Jagged guitars, off-beat rhythms, all conjure up a sense of imbalance. The atmosphere is heavy, the sense of uneasiness immediately palpable. Every break, every silence, each new element turns up the intensity of the dramatic pressure until, right at the end, the apotheosis comes in the from of a deluge of powerful chorals – a form not previously used by Phoenix – that lends the track an undeniably epic, even heroic, dimension.ALPHABETICAL is a very complete, uncompromising work. It’s modern yet timeless, pluralist yet singular, elaborate but never labored. It is a work of nuance and subtlety that never crosses the line into affectation and superficiality a work of remarkable diversity and coherence. Phoenix have a rare mastery of the lyric, words entwining themselves around and within, yet always at the service of the song.“We took a lot of trouble to make sure that the lyrics were honest and the emotions true, even at the risk of sometimes painful introspection. We wanted to avoid losing focus, the sort of ‘catalogue of styles’ thing. So we ended up being very selective both in choosing and arranging the tracks. We tried to free ourselves of everything artificial, preferring unmediated energy and total honesty in performance. But by the same token we wanted the work to remain supple, sophisticated and above all really unique and celebratory when it comes down to it, the only thing that you want to happen once people have listened all the way through is for them to listen to the whole thing again!”

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  1. Seed Three--Phoenix From The Flame
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2007 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6,431.676)

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  2. (You Cant Blame It On) Anybody
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2004 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,182.559)

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  3. The motor-cyclists handbook 1911 / by 'Phoenix'
    Phoenix
    [ Book : 1911-2012 ]
    The motor-cyclists handbook 1911 / by 'Phoenix'
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,165.12)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,165.12)

  4. Embuscade
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,156.989)

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  5. Too Young (Album Version)
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2007 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,156.981)

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  6. Live! Thirty Days Ago [album]
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2004 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,156.966)

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  7. Honeymoon
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,144.416)

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  8. The basics of feng shui / by Phoenix
    Phoenix
    [ Book : 2000 ]
    The basics of feng shui / by Phoenix
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,139.7)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,139.7)

  9. Summer Days
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,137.481)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,137.481)

  10. If I Ever Feel Better
    Phoenix
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
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  1. Phoenix
    FRANCES BURKE FABRICS BURKE, Frances
    [ Photograph : 1945 ]
    View online
    At National Gallery Aus
    Phoenix
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,157.84)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,157.84)

  2. Phoenix / Paul Grabowsky
    Grabowsky, Paul
    [ Sound : 1993 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 56,277.152)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 56,277.152)

  3. Mars and Phoenix
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2009 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Mars and Phoenix
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,038.631)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,038.631)

  4. Mars Rover Phoenix
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Mars Rover Phoenix
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,959.926)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,959.926)

  5. Mars Phoenix update
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Mars Phoenix update
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,784.932)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,784.932)

  6. Phoenix lands on Mars
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Phoenix lands on Mars
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,623.623)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,623.623)

  7. Phoenix by Nickolaus Seffrin
    ArchivesACT
    [ Photograph : 2014 ]
    View online
    At Flickr
    Phoenix by Nickolaus Seffrin
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,507.919)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,507.919)

  8. The Phoenix uncovered
    [ Book : 2005 ]
    The Phoenix uncovered
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,234.75)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,234.75)

  9. Phoenix Fireworks Sales Poster
    [ Object ]
    At Sunshine His Soc
    Phoenix Fireworks Sales Poster
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,168.184)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,168.184)

  10. phoenix in a puddle
    gervo1865_2 - LJ Gervasoni
    [ Photograph : 2006 ]
    View online
    At Flickr
    phoenix in a puddle
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,056.478)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,056.478)

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  1. Budden, Frances (1950-)
    Artist; ; Printmaker; Textile Artist / Fashion Designer
    ... Contemporary political feminist printmaker, Phoenix (Budden) created political feminist prints ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 32,191.535)

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  2. Phoenix, Dave (1965-)
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  3. Phoenix, Catherine
    ... 1880-07-06 Stealing from person, Guilty at Melbourne, Victoria ...
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  1. PHOENIX COPPER MINING CO. (LIMITED).
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 25 January 1876 [Issue No.23] p 304

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... PHOENIX COPPER MINING CO. (LIMITED). ... 57 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,277.205)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,277.205)

  2. PHOENIX GOLD-MININGS COMPANY (NO-LIABILITY).
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 6 June 1893 [Issue No.378] p 4267

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... PHOENIX GOLD-MININGS COMPANY (NO-LIABILITY). ... 62 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,041.148)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,041.148)

  3. Insolvent Estate of Phoenix Wells, Glerringong.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 24 June 1870 [Issue No.155] p 1391

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Insolvent Estate of Phœnix Wells, Gerringong. D. L. DYMOCK has received instructions from the ... 61 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,037.039)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,037.039)

  1. PHOENIX
    Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1954) Wednesday 10 September 1941 p 1 Article
    ... PHOENIX Report for two weeks to August 26: — During the period 381 ft. of underground development ... 67 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,471.669)

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  2. PHOENIX.
    The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931) Friday 1 September 1916 p 3 Article
    ... PHOENIX. "The sun." "The weariness of political sprit which has descended upon the machine ridden ... 44 words
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,471.669)

  3. Phoenix.
    The Burrangong Argus (NSW : 1865 - 1913) Saturday 21 October 1899 p 2 Article
    ... Phnnix. THE members of the Phoenix Literary and Debating Society devoted Tuesday evening to a trial ... 206 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,443.143)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,443.143)

  1. Phoenix
    Phoenix
    Created by ian.pettet, 2 items.

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  2. Phoenix
    Phoenix
    Created by Patrick-Dibben, 8 items.

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,252.742)

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  3. Phoenix Park
    Phoenix Park
    Created by paulbdavis, 21 items.

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 341.028)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 341.028)

  1. Phoenix
    Rand McNally and Company
    [ Map : 1968 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,422.661)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,422.661)

  2. Phoenix streets, Arizona / Rand McNally
    Rand McNally and Company
    [ Map : 2005-2008 ]
    Phoenix streets, Arizona / Rand McNally
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,421.726)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,421.726)

  3. Sectional aeronautical chart
    United States. National Ocean Service
    [ Government publication, Map : 1900-2000 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,128.66)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,128.66)

  1. Frances Phoenix
    Budden, Frances, 1950-
    [ Unpublished : 1968-2004 ]
    At State Library S Aust
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 303.148)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 303.148)

  2. Frances Phoenix
    Budden, Frances, 1950-
    [ Unpublished : 1968-2004 ]
    At State Library S Aust
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 293.003)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 293.003)

  3. PHOENIX FOUNDRY CO. LTD
    Phoenix Foundry Co. Ltd
    [ Unpublished : 1885 ]
    View online
    At Uni Melbourne Arch
    PHOENIX FOUNDRY CO. LTD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 258.755)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 258.755)

  1. Phoenix / Nan Hunt, Junko Morimoto
    Hunt, Nan
    [ Book : 1994-1995 ]
    At 36 libraries
    Phoenix / Nan Hunt, Junko Morimoto
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,870.683)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,870.683)

  2. Phoenix / S.F. Said ; illustrated by Dave McKean
    Said, S. F.
    [ Book, Audio book : 2013-2016 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 35 libraries
    Phoenix / S.F. Said ; illustrated by Dave McKean
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,598.5)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,598.5)

  3. Phoenix / John Connor
    Connor, John
    [ Book, Audio book, Video : 1975-2019 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 29 libraries
    Phoenix / John Connor
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,492.729)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,492.729)

  4. Phoenix / Jeff Stone
    Stone, Jeff
    [ Book : 2012-2013 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 14 libraries
    Phoenix / Jeff Stone
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,548.367)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,548.367)

  1. Phoenix (Adelaide, S.A.)
    Adelaide University Union
    [ Periodical : 1935-1950 ]
    At 11 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,553.06)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,553.06)

  2. Phoenix (Adelaide University Union)
    University of Adelaide. Union
    [ Periodical : 1935-2019 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,781.894)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,781.894)

  3. Phoenix / Anglican Church of Australia, Parish of Buderim
    Anglican Church of Australia. Parish of Buderim
    [ Periodical : 1986-1990 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,920.488)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,920.488)

  4. Phoenix
    Phoenix Society
    [ Archived website, Periodical : 2000-2019 ]
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    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,783.688)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,783.688)

  1. Phoenix / Justin Bianco
    Ambient Teknology (Musical group)
    [ Sound : 2006-2007 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,369.487)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,369.487)

  2. Phoenix
    Pailthorpe, Emily
    [ Sound : 2010-2011 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,363.175)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,363.175)

  3. Phoenix
    Special Broadcasting Service (Firm)
    [ Video : 2014-2017 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
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    At 52 libraries
    Phoenix
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,122.737)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,122.737)

  4. Phoenix / Dan Fogelberg
    Fogelberg, Dan
    [ Printed music : 1979 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,894.008)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,894.008)

  1. dish: A shallow silver dish with sc ...
    Phoenix Manufac ...
    [ Object ]
    dish: A shallow silver dish with scalloped edges
  2. Cornish Flue Boiler Blueprint Plan, ...
    Phoenix Foundry
    [ Object ]
    Cornish Flue Boiler Blueprint Plan, Blueprint of the plan for a Cornish Flue Boiler for the Phoenix Foundry Co..
  3. Phoenix
    FRANCES BURKE F ...
    [ Photograph : 1945 ]
    Phoenix
  4. Check - '2', Phoenix Foundry Co Ltd ...
    Phoenix Foundry ...
    [ Object ]
    Check - '2', Phoenix Foundry Co Ltd, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1871-1906
  5. Phoenix (ship)
    Unidentified
    [ Photograph ]
    Phoenix (ship)
  6. [Posters collected by Frances Phoen ...
    Budden, Frances ...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1980-2001 ]