After quickly skimming through the album my initial reaction is that it’s probably “mediocre but fun, with a couple highlights, a lot of boring moments, and almost too much crossover/radio appeal – like Hot Hot Heat circa 2002; enjoyable for a moment but totally forgettable, and eventually hate-able (due to terrible follow-up LPs via Warnes Bros Records).”
I’ll let you know if I change my mind after listening to the album more closely.
Oh, and it sounds like the leak is a low quality transcode, so once again everyone’s first listen to a new album will be with a low quality rip… yippee.
Here’s a decent quality copy of “1901”
MP3: Phoenix “1901”
I think “1901” is sort of the band career equivalent to Hot Hot Heats “Bandages” on Make Up the Breakdown (2002).
“1901” is definitetely a WAY better song – but I think the comparison is fair.