Phoenix Album (Birdman)
By: Cam Lindsay
Not to be confused with their Phoenix EP, The Warlocks' Phoenix Album sees the band in fine form, continuing the fuzz freak out they mastered with last year's Rise & Fall. Their pals B.R.M.C. made some waves that should help The Warlocks establish a similar type of success, because Phoenix is definitely worthy. In a mind warping 65 minutes, Phoenix gives off the sensation of pure and effortless cool. The band seems to grow with each new release, which currently includes two drummers and four guitarists (!). Even the legendary spaceman, Sonic Boom, an obvious hero of theirs, joins in on guitar and helps drench the songs in blissful hazes of drugged out psychedelia. What makes Phoenix such a great album is that the band has taken a step towards making their music more accessible. While some songs still stretch into double digits in minutes, others like the single, "Baby Blue", a heavy dose of California sunshine doused in dark aviators, and "The Dope Feels Good", a bouncy, road trip anthem, have the potential to be pop classics. This is the album that should launch the band into a major-label bidding frenzy, and/or give them a legendary cult status their heroes took years to earn. A
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