Picks and Pans Review: Phoenix

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix |

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Mozart himself would surely find the synth-pop on this French quartet's fourth studio album to be très cool. Breezy and bouncy, Phoenix takes you for a dreamy ride on tracks that hark back to the '80s while glistening with a modern electro sheen. The disc loses a little momentum with the instrumental atmospherics of "Love Like a Sunset Part I" and its vocal-infused conclusion, "Love Like a Sunset Part II," but the blissful hooks of songs like "Lasso" quickly rope you in again.

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