From its early disco singles to its last two records of killer guitar pop, Phoenix seemed to be on a continuous, upward trajectory. With Bankrupt
, however, the band has taken a big step back. Each track here echoes the style and structure of 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
, but they end up feeling lesser in every way. Lead single “Entertainment” tries for the same club-rattling bombast of the band’s best song “Lisztomania” but falls way flat, and the instrumental build-up of the title track copies “Love Like a Sunset” so blatantly it’s irritating. Bankrupt
is an underwhelming record, not a bad one, but it should’ve been much more.