Phosphorescent

C’est La Vie

2018

This album was released 9 weeks ago.

76% ±9% 13 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Black Moon / Silver Waves
2 C'est La Vie No.2
3 New Birth in New England
4 There From Here
5 Around the Horn
6 Christmas Down Under
7 My Beautiful Boy
8 These Rocks
9 Black Waves / Silver Moon
Rating Source
76% 4WIM Rating
85% The Line of Best Fit
83% Nöjesguiden Ofta påminner det om hur Leonard Cohen brukade ställa sin röst med alla dess brister mot en stabil kvinnlig bakgrundskör som hamrar in refränger och omkväden, och vänner av Phosphorescents vemod blir inte helt lottlösa trots Matthew Houcks nyfunna lycka. Around the Horn bygger upp drömska stämningar genom högljudd suggestion och vinande gitarrirrfärder som hade kunnat vara Spiritualized, och Christmas Down Under är oändligt vacker och djupt vemodig med gråtande pedal steel och klingande piano i udda kombination med AutoTune.
82% Paste Magazine Strip those two away, though, and you’re still left with thematic bookends in “C’est La Vie No.
80% Music OMH The album was composed mainly of greasy heartland rock and dusty Americana sounds, but with a haunting, despondently delicate edge.
80% Exclaim! Music Phosphorescent C'est La Vie By Daniel Sylvester Published Oct 04, 2018 8 Fifteen years and seven albums into his career, Matthew Houck (aka Phosphorescent) still sounds like he has something new to say.
80% Under the Radar Magazine Houck's personal hardships are broadly kept out of the spotlight, excepting the intimate "These Rocks" ("I was drunk for a decade...these rocks, they are heavy"), lending the album a universal utility.
80% The Guardian The first words Matthew Houck sings on the seventh Phosphorescent album are “I rode all night,” on top of a chord pattern borrowed from the triumphant sax climax of Thunder Road.
80% The 405 Telling are some of his earliest words, on album opener (excluding a deceptively dramatic intro track) 'C'est la Vie No.
80% The Skinny Since 2013’s masterful Muchacho, the Phosphorescent main man has left New York for Nashville, had two kids, built a studio from the ground up and almost died of meningitis.
70% Slant Magazine
70% Clash I’ve carried them around all my days… I was drunk for a decade; I’m thinking of putting that stuff away…”Yet there are little specks of sunlight in those silver slide guitars, and as he coos a love song to his son on ‘My Beautiful Boy’, we hear a man finding peace.
67% Consequence of Sound On bouncy, sandy single “New Birth in New England”, he sings of his partner and children as lovely twists of fate and sounds like Kenny Chesney covering Bob Dylan’s Desire (in a good way!).
50% Loud & Quiet Previously described as things like ‘haunting’ and ‘frayed’, Matthew Houck’s project has been somewhat on hold since his acclaimed sixth album ‘Muchacho’ in 2013.