Ok ok ok ok regarding the new Phoenix album:
(thankfully it lived up to the insane amount of media hype)
It was solid. Alright more than solid. Just taking the album as is, without the previous studio releases in mind, they delivered with some seriously well done rhythm guitar based pop-rock. However, it seems like they're still a little confused about their sound. This group is really a chameleon of sorts: their acclaimed sophomore album Alphabetical was 100% electronic and it came through on the album, especially in the oddball track 'Fences'.
All and all it was a pretty enjoyable and fun release.
They're on tour now, check them out if you can!