Phoenix (Clan of Xymox album)

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Phoenix
Clan Of Xymox - Phoenix.jpg
Studio album by Xymox
Released 1991
Genre Darkwave
Length 46:28
Label Polygram
Producer Peter Walsh
Xymox chronology
Twist of Shadows
(1989)
Phoenix
(1991)

Phoenix is Xymox's fourth full-length album, released in 1991 on Wing Records (PolyGram)[1] and produced by Peter Walsh (acclaimed producer of Simple Minds's New Gold Dream album). The album charted in the United States at No. 163 on Billboard 200.[2] The single Phoenix of my Heart peaked at No. 16 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles (also known as Hot Dance Club Songs Chart),[3] as well as reaching No. 16 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks.[3][4] The single reached No. 27 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales.[4]

Reception[edit]

The album was perceived as slicker and more pop-minded than Xymox's previous albums.[1] Gavin Report proclaimed the album "a faultless offering of this clan of musicians we call Xymox".[5] The Melody Maker observed in their review of the album that "They haven't entirely abandoned seamless, panoramic sweeps that characterized their first couple of releases on 4AD, and they still have a firm emotional grip, but now they work in a less gloomy space. Phoenix is full of surprises".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Based on:[1][7]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Phoenix of My Heart" R. Moorings, Taylor 4:11
2. "At the End of the Day" R. Moorings 3:42
3. "The Shore Down Under" R. Moorings 5:15
4. "Mark the Days" R. Moorings 6:10
5. "Believe Me Sometimes" A. Wolbert 4:54
6. "Wonderland" P. Nooten 4:57
7. "Written in the Stars" R. Moorings 5:03
8. "Dancing Barefoot" I. Král, P. Smith 3:40
9. "Crossing the Water" P. Nooten 3:46
10. "Smile Like Heaven" A. Wolbert 4:47

Personnel[edit]

Xymox
  • Ronny Moorings – Vocals, Lyrics, Guitar, Keyboards
  • Anka Wolbert – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Bass
  • Pieter Nooten – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards
Additional musicians
  • Michael Brook – Guitar (Track 03 and 04)
  • Gavyn Wright – Concert Master (Track 05)
  • Nick Ingman – Arranger, String Arrangements (Track 05)
  • Manny Elias – Drums, Drum Programming
  • Greg Walsh – Keyboards, Programming
  • Simon Clark – Organ, Organ (Hammond) (Track 04)
Producers, Engineers
  • Peter Walsh – Producer, Engineer, Mixing (All Tracks)
  • Ronny Moorings – Producer (Track 02 and 09)
  • Shaun Cymbalisty – Engineer
  • Paul Apted – Engineer
Graphic Design
  • Chris Thompson – Package Design
  • Kevin Davies – B&W Photography

Notes[edit]

Recorded at Jacobs Studios, Surrey. Mixed at Marcus Studios and Ridge Farm Studio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. Phoenix at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Chart History Phoenix". Billboard. Retrieved 2 Aug 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Chart History Phoenix of my Heart'". Billboard. Retrieved 2 Aug 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Phoenix - Xymox". Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Atwood, Brett D. (March 1991). "Phoenix, Clan of Xymox". Gavin Report. 
  6. ^ True, Everett (May 1991). "Review Phoenix". Melody Maker. 
  7. ^ "Phoenix Tracklist with Credits". Retrieved 14 December 2011.