It's Never Been Like That

Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
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Based on 14 reviews
2006 Ratings: #196 / 612
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2006 Ratings: #52
May 23, 2006 / Release Date
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Astralwerks / Source / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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AndrewMoore
100
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.
77
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
chlorine
82
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 ★★★★
u4ya
89
north is the most listened song of phoenix in my catalog
NR
Favorite track: "Long Distance Call"
Least favorite track: "Sometimes in the Fall"
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#13/Pitchfork
#45/Cokemachineglow
#50/Rolling Stone

MISC LISTS

#38/Pitchfork (2000s)

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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