Persistence in pursuing pop perfection has its privileges (pah!): Phoenix’s meticulously crafted/effortlessly adored Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix benefited and built upon the band’s previous three albums in the same way their live shows have become some of the most consistently ecstatic celebrations of what is a pretty remarkable catalog. We saw it during this last lap through North America time and again, and from the crowd-sounds of this live EP, the band holds the same sway over Syndey. The focus here is on Wolfgang, and why not (United, Alphabetical, It’s Never Been Like That are why not, but never look a gift EP in the tracklist), and it’s available for your free download in a zip file at Phoenix’s site. Merci, messieurs.
[Photo by Natasha Ryan]