13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first step David Bazan took to renew his longstanding project Pedro the Lion was possibly the hardest: In 2006, he decided to dissociate himself with the “Christian” label the press heavily ascribed to his faith-driven confessions. But taken on its own, Phoenix should please both secular and religious types alike. Bazan is at his most contemplative—he calls out the haters with clever retorts on the mid-tempo call-to-arms "Clean Up" (“The weight of the world is bearing down on me/Like Biblical weather”), while on the twinkling "Model Homes," he looks back at his Christian upbringing with anecdotal fondness (“Instead of quiet time in my room/Where Sunday afternoon felt like a tomb.”) A natural evolution from his slowcore songwriting tendencies, Phoenix is a muscular return coming from one of indie rock’s most perceptive elder statesmen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first step David Bazan took to renew his longstanding project Pedro the Lion was possibly the hardest: In 2006, he decided to dissociate himself with the “Christian” label the press heavily ascribed to his faith-driven confessions. But taken on its own, Phoenix should please both secular and religious types alike. Bazan is at his most contemplative—he calls out the haters with clever retorts on the mid-tempo call-to-arms "Clean Up" (“The weight of the world is bearing down on me/Like Biblical weather”), while on the twinkling "Model Homes," he looks back at his Christian upbringing with anecdotal fondness (“Instead of quiet time in my room/Where Sunday afternoon felt like a tomb.”) A natural evolution from his slowcore songwriting tendencies, Phoenix is a muscular return coming from one of indie rock’s most perceptive elder statesmen.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

thespirecrane ,

Incredible

Fantastic album. Magically somehow greater than the sum of its already excellent parts.

Jolliet ,

Cheers to Phoenix

As a lifelong Phoenecian that is currently packing up to move away from Phoenix, this album hit me hard. My favorite song is Leaving the Valley. I have never been more excited to hear the names of the streets that I drive on everyday-Thunderbird, Greenway, Bell Road, Union Hills. Wow! This is my album of the year and I expect it to stay that way.

B-Vos ,

Pedro at its best

A masterful album. Lyrically and sonically it’s everything you’d expect from Pedro the Lion: driving rock as well as contemplative paced songs all with carefully crafted introspective lyrics. This album is amazing. Can’t wait to see Pedro perform these songs live this year on tour where they will be given an even grander life.

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