Phoenix’s “Entertainment” – the first offering from the French quartet in four years – sounds like every other Phoenix song. It’s somewhat of a let-down, sounding both overproduced and underbaked. For having so much going on in terms of production the song comes and goes without leaving any sort of impression. Which is a shame. Their last album was great, and their first two albums killed. Maybe that’s what happens when you become rich and famous. Maybe you just ham it up with nonsensical lyrics and do what you always did. It’s a big step down from the creativity of their earlier output: the revelry of “Funky Squaredance” and the technically suave “1901″.
The new album “Bankrupt!” comes out April 23rd, giving you enough time to prepare for the onslaught of every guy in a low-cut V-neck to tell you about “this new French band” they “just got into.”
Seeing as they’re French, I give the new song two and a half baguettes out of five. It’s Phoenix, so it’s a passable song, yet there’s nothing about it to remember.