It's Never Been Like That

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It's Never Been Like That
Studio album by Phoenix
Released May 15, 2006
Recorded August–November 2005[1]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 36:54
Label EMI, Source, Astralwerks, Arts & Crafts
Producer Phoenix
Phoenix chronology
Live! Thirty Days Ago
(2004)
It's Never Been Like That
(2006)
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[2] 3.5/5 stars
Guardian Unlimited[3] (Positive)
Pitchfork Media[4] 8.0/10
Q[5] 3/5 stars
Rolling Stone[6] 4/5 stars
This Is Fake DIY[7] 4/5 stars

It's Never Been Like That is the third studio album by French alternative rock band Phoenix. It was released 15 May 2006 in the European Union. The album was preceded by the release of the single "Long Distance Call" on 8 May 2006 (see 2006 in British music and 2006 in music).

The album was later re-released in Mexico as a tour edition with four bonus tracks recorded live in Oslo the 20 April 2006.

It's Never Been Like That was rated #13 in Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2006[8] and #38 in their Top Albums of the 2000s.[9] The album has sold 36,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Phoenix

No. Title Length
1. "Napoleon Says"   3:13
2. "Consolation Prizes"   3:16
3. "Rally"   3:17
4. "Long Distance Call"   3:04
5. "One Time Too Many"   3:40
6. "Lost and Found"   2:56
7. "Courtesy Laughs"   3:14
8. "North"   5:01
9. "Sometimes in the Fall"   5:49
10. "Second to None"   3:25
11. "Diet of the Heart" (iTunes bonus track) 1:03

Mexican tour edition / 2006 Virgin Music (France) edition bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
11. "Napoleon Says" (live) 3:23
12. "Rally" (live) 3:18
13. "Sometimes in the Fall" (live) 6:07
14. "Second to None" (live) 6:29

This edition of the album is referred to as the "New Edition". It was released in France and on tour in Mexico back in 2006, but is now being sold as a 2009 release in the US.

The live tracks were recorded in Oslo on April 20, 2006.

Release details[edit]

The album was released in various countries:

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 10 May 2006 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP-66575
United Kingdom
European Union
15 May 2006 Source LP SOURLP123 / 0946 3 55716 1 5
CD CDSOUR123 / 0946 3 60910 2 0
United States 23 May 2006 Astralwerks LP ASW-55716 / 0946 3 55716 1 5
CD ASW-60911 / 0946 3 60911 2 9
Canada 13 June 2006 Arts & Crafts CD AC018

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 81
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 74
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 86
Belgian Alternative Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 89
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 34
German Albums (Official Top 100)[16] 41
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[17] 118
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[18] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 18
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 66
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 108
US Top Heatseeker Albums (Billboard)[22] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs information about It's Never Been Like That
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r834864
  3. ^ 5/12/06
  4. ^ Phoenix: It's Never Been Like That | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
  5. ^ (#239, June 2006, p. 118)
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews
  7. ^ link
  8. ^ Pitchfork Album: Top 50 Albums of 2006
  9. ^ Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 50-21 | Features | Pitchfork
  10. ^ "Phoenix Rises With New Album, Label". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  17. ^ "イッツ・ネヴァー・ビン・ライク・ザット" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  19. ^ "Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  21. ^ "UK Chartlog: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". zobbel.de. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "It's Never Been Like That - Phoenix Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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