Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD10
  • AU2009-05-22
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)VVR7024685021456165537
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD10
  • DE2009-05-22
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)VVR702468602527024684
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (iTunes)Digital Media13
  • GB2009-05-22
Ghettoblaster[none]
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD10
  • AR2009-05-25
Universal (plain logo: “Universal”; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)2702468602527024684
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD10
  • FR2009-05-25
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)VVR703393602527033938
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix2×CD10 + 4
  • FR2009-05-25
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)VVR707265602527072654
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD10
  • CA2009-05-26
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC), LoyautéGLS0105-02892038002176
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD10
  • US2009-05-26
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC), LoyautéGLS0105-02892038002176
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix12" Vinyl10
  • US2009-05-26
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC)GLS-0105-01892038002183
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD14
  • JP2009-05-27
Hostess Entertainment Unlimited.4582214504155
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix2×CD10 + 15
  • FR2009-11-02
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)VVR721723602527217239
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD10
Liberator MusicLIB153CD9341004019621
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixCD + DVD-Video10 + 1
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)0602527033938, VVR703393602527033938
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix2×CD10 + 15
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)VVR721723602527217239
Bootleg
Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixDigital Media9
[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:1901
Fences
Lisztomania
part of:Chris Douridas’ Top 10 Albums of 2009 (number: 1) (order: 1)
Filter Magazine: Top Ten Albums of 2009 (number: 2) (order: 2)
Criminal Records Wayne: Top Ten Albums of 2009 (number: 3) (order: 3)
Raul Campos’ Top 10 Albums of 2009 (number: 3) (order: 3)
Mario Cotto’s Top 10 Albums of 2009 (number: 5) (order: 5)
Criminal Records Melody: Top Ten Albums of 2009 (number: 7) (order: 7)
Jason Bentley’s Top 10 of 2009 (number: 8) (order: 8)
Michael Joffe: Top Ten Albums of 2009 (number: 9) (order: 9)
Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 2010 winner) (order: 24)
Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: pub_2011-07-18 (number: 60) (order: 60)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/112796 [info]
reviews:http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13576-wolfgang-amadeus-phoenix-remix-collection/ [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/cbgb [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/phoenix_f4/wolfgang_amadeus_phoenix/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000816836 [info]
Wikidata:Q948890 [info]

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Forget the title of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix: it's the only concession to showboating on Phoenix's fourth album. Maybe it's because France stands shruggingly apart from the UK's relentless hype machine, or perhaps it's something Gallically in-born but – like countrymen and occasional collaborators Air and Daft Punk – Phoenix seem intent on pursuing their own idiosyncratic musical path, whether fashionable or not. The fact it's resulted in this beguiling record, their finest to date, would suggest they're onto something.

From the brisk, adorable opener Lisztomania onwards this is an album that respects its listener, shunning sonic stunts and attention-seeking in favour of deft, accomplished musicianship and the kind of playful, kittenish charm that sneaks up on you slowly but surely. Black Box Recorder (a similarly understated, under-rated band) once sang "a heartfelt seduction lasts a lifetime": Phoenix prove them right.

Lisztomania might draw on traditional and unfashionable influences, with its chiming ELO keyboards, but 1901's buzzing synths are a reminder that the band are equally at ease with the modern world, while Thomas Mars' irresistible vocal and exhilarating "hey-ey-ey-ey-ey" hook make it the closest thing here to an obvious pop hit. It sounds a little like Soulwax if they stopped trying so very hard.

Other songs are even more relaxed, but prove just as rewarding on repeated listening, whether the tinglingly electronic Fences (blessed with another gorgeous, fluttering Mars vocal) or the perfectly judged, perfectly produced Rome, with its hypnotic synths and lilting guitar arpeggios. Only a couple of songs stumble: the meandering, mostly instrumental Love Like A Sunset (which sounds like something Air might have wisely left off their second album), and the humdrum Lasso, which is the only song to sound like standard indie fare.

It's unlikely that "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" will lift Phoenix from cult stardom to the bright lights of mainstream success, but one of the many things that makes this album so delightful is the fact that it sounds like it couldn't care less.