Review: Ti Amo by Phoenix

Ti Amo by PhoenixWhile listening to Ti Amo, the sixth album from Phoenix, I couldn’t help but wonder if the band was inspired by Giorgio Moroder. The album does not sound entirely Italo-disco – although the influence of the dance floor is much more pronounced here, especially at the beginning – but, titles aside, it feels a little cooler, a little more privy to what happened the night before. The band’s sound has been moving slowly the past few albums, from the obvious French electro influence of their early works, to the driving all-the-hits approach of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, to the more synth-based sound of its successor Bankrupt. There’s some sort of consolidation at work here, but with some concessions to the present: no obvious hits, no instrumentals, and an overwhelming “concept album” feel, in all its woozy, hazy, night before tendencies. All this makes for an all right album. Wouldn’t change anybody’s minds (again, no obvious hits) but wouldn’t turn anybody off either. I like what I heard, but I’m ambivalent when it all ended. [NB]3/5

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