PHOENIX, WOLFGANG AMADEUS PHOENIX

Mixing dance-floor verve with meaningful songwriting is a risky proposition, but this Paris electronic-pop quartet strike the perfect balance on their fourth studio album.

Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix [Loyaute/Glassnote]

Our rating: 4.5 out of a possible 5

Mixing dance-floor verve with meaningful songwriting is a risky proposition, but this Paris electronic-pop quartet strike the perfect balance on their fourth studio album. On songs like "1901," sharp observations about love mingle with piercing guitar, while "Lasso"—with its Cure-on-Ecstasy energy—provides a buzz that'll last long after the final track's done. Matt Hendrickson

The music video for "Lisztomania"

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