Phantogram - Three
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #614 / 758
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2016 Ratings: #453
October 7, 2016 / Release Date
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Republic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY

With ‘Three’, the band have perfected their trademark dream-pop, but it comes with an added, outer ring of moodiness. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have soundtracked the impending apocalypse.

80
The Skinny

It's neither ground-breaking, nor particularly soulful, but it's distinct enough and far cooler than you might expect.

75
Under The Radar

There are just piles of good ideas plastered throughout. It moves gracefully from scorn-fueled breakup music to angsty and lustful power-pop, both darkly raw and high-class glam, making this an album worthy of a deeper emotional investment.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

The album thoroughly excels at what it aims to do. Three is perhaps Phantogram’s most incisive record yet, sustaining a very solid and concrete idea of what kind of pop it wants to promote.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Phantogram have always been able to craft sleek, cerebral tunes, but it hasn't always been clear that they were having a blast doing it - until now.

70
Slant Magazine

Three represents only an incremental progression, not the seismic shift of Voices, but it demonstrates the duo's ability to transform darkness into light, taking personal tragedy and shaping it into professional growth.

70
Exclaim!

Three's high points come when some of the pop veneer is pulled back to let more raw, real feeling through. Overall, it's a solid record that should draw a wider audience to Phantogram's music.

70
PopMatters

Flaws and all, Three is where Phantogram has stepped up, projecting themselves as chart-conquering hedonistic demigods despite their lyrics conveying an absolute crippling unhappiness.

70
musicOMH

Three wears its scars where they’re visible, at times this makes for an uncomfortable and uneven listen, but when it clicks, they’re unstoppable.

60
Drowned in Sound

The problem remains that a lot of the hooks on the record are drowned in waves of production. Three feels like a record designed to make you move, rather than move you.

58
Pitchfork

Between brooding, vulnerable cuts like “Barking Dog” and punchier offerings like “Run Run Blood,” Three often feels less like an album and more like postcards from the eye of an emotional hurricane.

50
AllMusic

Three underwhelms from beginning to end. It's the nature of pop to wear down all the sharp edges and streamline things for easy enjoyment, and it's too bad Phantogram felt the need to succumb.

50
Consequence of Sound

It’s enjoyable. There are a few flashes. But by the time you make it home, few, if any, of the songs stick out in your brain.

48
How did they finally come into their own and then lose it again? It has a couple nice songs, but you move past it pretty quick.
ryansliao
47
This is overproduced and unoriginal pop music trying to disguise itself as adventurous under all of its flashy synths.

Best Tracks: Funeral Pyre, You Don't Get Me High Anymore, Destroyer
Worst Tracks: Cruel World, Barking Dog, You're Mine
cshults
80
After several listens and little exposure to Phantogram, this is a very solid album. I even warmed to Barking Dog, which I wasn't a fan at first listen. It adds a great juxtiposition to the album hearing the Carter's vocals in place of Sarah's solid vocals.

Calling All is a great finisher. Because we all got a little bit hoe in us.
guileffb
58
I never REALLY liked Phantogram, but they have some pretty good songs.

This album is kind of what I've been expecting from them. It's not REALLY cool, but there are plenty of catchy cool songs. It's actually pretty dark and sexy, so it kind of impressed me. My problem this band is that sometimes they feel too mechanic. It feels like they just sample something, put a melody in it, some beats and Sarah's beautiful voice and TA-DA! A new song!
I don't know, sometimes they're full of joy and ... read more
JulianGomez974
80
Phantogram have come a long way since their debut, you can tell that they've worked to give a clear idea of what they want their sound to be like and that showcases through all Three. Maybe it's a little more on the mainstream side and it'll probably piss off a lot of fans who want them to to stay on the underground scene. However, I feel like this is their boldest work to date, not only 'cause the production feels heavier and more focused but also between all the chaos that their bring you can ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#42/LA Music Blog
#44/Billboard

Track List

  1. Funeral Pyre
  2. Same Old Blues
  3. You Don't Get Me High Anymore
  4. Cruel World
  5. Barking Dog
  6. You're Mine
  7. Answer
  8. Run Run Blood
  9. Destroyer
  10. Calling All
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