Alphabetical

Phoenix - Alphabetical
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Based on 8 reviews
2004 Ratings: #180 / 299
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Based on 42 ratings
2004 Ratings: #73
March 29, 2004 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Drowned in Sound
Of course, it is so utterly, utterly Parisian. Not French, mind, Parisian. But what else did you expect? The most sophisicated, deliciously out of step pop album of 2004 simply had to come from the most urbane, beautiful city in the world. Now, go, buy.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Phoenix, like Gainsbourg without the shock tactics, get away with making music that, in the hands of just about anyone else, would be disposable pop best left to the soccer Mom's of the world, yet somehow they straddle the line between fluff and absolutely essential hipness that few attempt, and even fewer succeed at.
67
Pitchfork

Just as Mars slips and slides through my ears, Alphabetical, like the best 80s jams, does that thing it does and gets out before the stale aroma of decay sets in.

60
AllMusic

If not a qualified across-the-board improvement, Alphabetical is at least a good record by a group with plenty of unrealized potential.

60
Rolling Stone

On their second full-length, Alphabetical, Phoenix step up their game significantly, having arrived at an elusive space where their songs define perfect pop, but maintain a cool, independent edge.

RyanDWessel
60
Probably my least favorite album from these guys.

"You Can't Blame It On Anybody" is really good though.
chlorine
72
everything is everything ★★★
run run run ★★★½
i'm an actor ★★★★
love for granted ★★★
victim of the crime ★★★
(you can't blame it on) anybody ★★★★
congratulations ★★★
if it's not with you ★★★★½
holdin' on together ★★★★
alphabetical ★★★★
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Track List

  1. Everything Is Everything
  2. Run Run Run
  3. I'm an Actor
  4. Love for Granted
  5. Victim of the Crime
  6. (You Can't Blame It On) Anybody
  7. Congratulations
  8. If It's Not with You
  9. Holdin' on Together
  10. Alphabetical
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