Alpha Zulu

Phoenix

Alpha Zulu

Seventh album and first in five years from the French synth pop band

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
Glassnote Music
UK Release date
04/11/2022
US Release date
04/11/2022
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    The album is packed with an impressive amount of energy and ideas for a band celebrating their 25th anniversary
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Phoenix's most immediate work since Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and their most varied since United, Alpha Zulu does indeed range from A to Z, but the band are always in control and the results are frequently brilliant
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Alpha Zulu confronts reality with a dreamy neon-lit elegance pulsing with playful vitality, it runs on its nerves but has its feet on the dance floor. Right now, that sounds perfect to me
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    For an album that was recorded following lockdowns, after the New York-based Mars was finally able to reunite with his bandmates in Paris, this is a reassuring sentiment: he doesn't have any answers to the world's ills, because no one does, but he's got your back
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    The French band recorded their seventh album amidst splendour in Paris' Louvre Palace, and the museum's varied, often stunning, artefacts seep into their ever-consistent songwriting
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    22 years since their debut, this French quartet is still going strong
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    A fun record, but also one with real depth, ‘Alpha Zulu’ becomes an apt testament to the group’s continuing vitality
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  8. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Bringing back that effortless French cool in a way that only they can, the French outfit’s seventh is easily their best since Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
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  9. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Alpha Zulu proves that while they may play with novel sounds and textures, Phoenix are in no danger of losing their melodic instincts and effortless indie-pop sensibilities
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  10. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The indie-pop quartet’s seventh album is rife with contradictions, but that's also one of its core strengths
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  11. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    The French indie rock stalwarts’ fun and fizzy seventh album rejuvenates a proven formula while protecting its true feelings behind glass
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  12. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For the most part, Alpha Zulu delivers the kind of deceptively simple, fleet pop for which Phoenix is best known
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  13. 6.7 |   Spectrum Culture

    The album in its final form is a jittery, nervy, scattershot affair that nevertheless has the flashes of pop brilliance that we’ve come to expect from the band
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  14. 6.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    This is a batch of super simple songs, with super simple melodies, and super simple lyricism. At this point in their career it seems like there isn’t much else to expect from them
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  15. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Movements come and go but Phoenix still bang, even with their lesser works
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  16. 6.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    As an escapist album it does the job; the synth swells are big, the drums are often loud, and the melodies are super catchy, which I noted while singing in the shower
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