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Ti Amo ★★★ Loy­aute/ Glass­note/ At­lantic Dark times some­times acts as an im­pe­tus for strong mu­sic. Phoenix’s sixth al­bum comes tem­pered in some ways by the events of re­cent times in their na­tive Paris – a re­cent in­ter­view re­counts how gui­tarist Chris­tian Maz­za­lai got caught up in the af­ter­math of the Bat­a­clan at­tacks – and there is also a darker hue to many of the songs. When it comes to deal­ing with new world (and Gal­lic) or­ders, Phoenix’s an­swer to all of this is to turn to their own crafts­man­ship to of­fer suc­cour and a re­sponse. The ti­tle track is a bub­bly, play­ful, giddy disco twist,

J-Boy steers with a more strik­ing Euro­pean strut, Good­bye Soleil is a glo­ri­ously pitched track and

Fleur de Lys pulls a Fela Kuti Afrobeat rhythm into the heart of the song. An al­bum from a sussed band who know that mak­ing art is one way to coun­ter­act those who wage hate and dishar­mony. wearephoenix.com JIM CAR­ROLL

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