Phoenix / Bankrupt! / Review

by marcopantella

Read it on Chasseur Magazine Issue 5 / page 6



It took four years to Phoenix to release the follow up to their incredibly successful “Wolfang Amadeus Phoenix” and this comes as a surprise since from the very first time you listen to “Bankrupt!” it sounds effortlessly fun. A feel good album that could have easily come out of a jamming session, but these French guys are perfectionist as vocalist Thomas Mars stated, and their new work is a wonderful reinvention of the 80’s, full of synths and unafraid to experiment with electronica.


As the title of the opening track and single suggests, “Entertainment”, we are in for a psychedelic and releasing album that makes you want to move along the shimmering guitar and  mind-boggling synths. It gets better and better thanks to a very specific style that grows and acquire a distinctive and colorful attitude up to the second 360 uptempo single “Trying To Be Cool”. Mildly emotional but never dramatic the album becomes more organic when title-track “Bankrupt!” kicks in; a six minutes journey with an intriguing minimal intro that adds texture and depth to this work.


“Drakkar Noir” feels slightly Daft Punk-ish but by now Phoenix’s album is a creature with its own personality, “Chloroform” sounds young, fresh, and contemporary while “Bourgeois” may just be the most passionate one. It creates a universal atmosphere, bold like a revolutionary generation that just wants to be understood. Closer “Oblique City” somehow feels a bit out of space but it is integral to this album that finishes in style.