Phoenix hail from France, but sing in English, the international language of rock. This is usually a formula for clunky lyrics. Case in point:
“Standing in line, I think you’re pretty. Lying in bad, I think you’re pretty too. Young girl curl your hair at night. Hook up with me at the rally.”“Slow down your tan. I’m gonna miss you a lot. There it goes. Your ID’s been stolen.”
“Sold an ugly necklace uptown. I found out it was egyptian. I tied up your letters. Buried them all with delectation. Ain’t that enough courtesy laughs.”
Pitchfork.com – the former Pitchfork Media, which appears to have outsourced its latest redesign to Steve Jobs – posted Phoenix’ new single last week. It’s called “1901.” And it is insanely catchy. If the rest of Wolfgang is as good as this track, then maybe – just maybe – we can forgive them for what really is an unforgivable album title.