It's Never Been Like That

Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2006 Ratings: #224 / 687
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2006 Ratings: #79
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May 23, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Astralwerks / Source / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Judging from my first opinion on their first two records and the mid-2000's pop rock style album art, I was a little skeptical. But I really, really liked this record! "It's Never Been Like That" ditches Phoenix's old sound in favor of a punchy, hooky, well-produced and all-around fun record that also has its moments of nostalgia and melancholy.

Fav Tracks: Long Distance Gone, Courtesy Laughs, Sometimes in the Fall, Consolation Prizes, Rally, Second to None, Napoleon Says

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Given their contemporary status as synthpoppy indie veterans, it’s fascinating to revisit Phoenix back when they were trying to be The Strokes. This isn’t meant as a dig: of the post-Strokes mid-2000s records billed as garage rock, “It’s Never Been Like That” may very well be the best of the bunch. It’s no secret that Phoenix has a way with hooks, and they sound just as good paired with loud, clear pop-rock guitars as they do with synths. “It’s ... read more
From 2006-2008 I probably took this cd to 50 parties and it never once bombed. To me this is a perfect pop record. Few albums perfectly balance danceable joy and wallflower melancholy so well. It's weakest track is its first and from there it never comes down.
Hey Phoenix............uhm.....yeah thanks for existing.
napoleon says ★★★★
consolation prizes ★★★★
rally ★★★★
long distance call ★★★★★
one time too many ★★★★½
lost and found ★★★½
courtesy laughs ★★★★★
north ★★★½
sometimes in the fall ★★★★
second to none ★★★★
diet of the heart ★★★★
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Track List

  1. Napoleon Says
  2. Consolation Prizes
  3. Rally
  4. Long Distance Call
  5. One Time Too Many
  6. Lost and Found
  7. Courtesy Laughs
  8. North
  9. Sometimes In the Fall
  10. Second To None
  11. Diet of the Heart
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