Alphabetical (album)

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Alphabetical
PhoenixAlphabeticalalbumcover.jpg
Studio album by
Released29 March 2004
Recorded2003–2004
Genre
Length37:37
LabelSource
Producer
Phoenix chronology
United
(2000)
Alphabetical
(2004)
Live! Thirty Days Ago
(2004)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press4/5[3]
Blender3/5 stars[4]
DIY7/10[5]
Drowned in Sound8/10[6]
NME8/10[7]
Pitchfork6.7/10[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
SpinB−[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

Alphabetical is the second studio album by French indie pop band Phoenix, released in 2004. The album has two singles, "Everything Is Everything" and "Run Run Run".

Commercial performance[edit]

The album has sold 30,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[12] Overall it has shipped 170,000 copies worldwide [13] with 65,000 shipped units in continental Europe and Japan, 20,000 of those were in France. [14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Phoenix.

No.TitleLength
1."Everything Is Everything"3:01
2."Run Run Run"3:50
3."I'm an Actor"2:33
4."Love for Granted"4:24
5."Victim of the Crime"4:02
6."(You Can't Blame It On) Anybody"3:33
7."Congratulations"1:12
8."If It's Not with You"3:57
9."Holdin' on Together"3:27
10."Alphabetical"3:24
11."Congratulations (Revisited) (iTunes bonus track)"1:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Deck D'Arcy – bass guitar, keyboards and backing vocals
  • Laurent Brancowitz – guitar, keyboards and backing vocals
  • Thomas Mars – vocals
  • Christian Mazzalai – guitar and backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Ivan Beck – acoustic guitar on "Love for Granted"
  • Pino Palladino – bass on "Congratulations", "Victim of the Crime" and "Alphabetical"
  • Jm Mery – additional keyboards on "Congratulations", "If It's Not with You" and "Alphabetical"
  • Alex Locascio – drums and percussion on "Everything Is Everything", "I'm an Actor", "Love for Granted" and "Victim of the Crime"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 46
Belgian Alternative Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 42
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 41
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 68
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[19] 265
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 11

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 24 March 2005 Toshiba-EMI CD VJCP 68627
  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
29 March 2004 Source LP SOURLP095
CD CDSOUR095
France 30 March 2004
Australia 12 April 2004 Virgin 5986350
United States 27 July 2004 7243 5 98635 0 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alphabetical by Phoenix". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Alphabetical – Phoenix". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Phoenix: Alphabetical". Alternative Press (194): 136. September 2004.
  4. ^ "Phoenix: Alphabetical". Blender (29): 140. September 2004.
  5. ^ Leahy, Sarah (29 March 2004). "Phoenix – Alphabetical". DIY. Archived from the original on 21 November 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  6. ^ Dobson, Gareth (26 July 2004). "Album Review: Phoenix – Alphabetical". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Phoenix: Alphabetical". NME: 57. 19 June 2004.
  8. ^ Leone, Dominique (17 May 2004). "Phoenix: Alphabetical". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  9. ^ Moayeri, Lily (2 August 2004). "Phoenix: Alphabetical". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 17 March 2005. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Breakdown". Spin. 20 (8): 108. August 2004. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  11. ^ "French Letters". Uncut (86): 110. July 2004. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Phoenix Rises With New Album, Label". Billboard. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  13. ^ Pichevin, Aymeric (17 June 2006). "Phoenix Flying". Billboard. p. 62. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  14. ^ Martin, James (24 April 2004). "French Phoenix Rises". Billboard. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Phoenix – Alphabetical" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Phoenix – Alphabetical" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Phoenix – Alphabetical". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Phoenix – Alphabetical" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  19. ^ アルファベティカル (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Phoenix – Alphabetical". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Phoenix – Alphabetical". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 April 2014.

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