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My Favorite Album of 2017- “Ti Amo” by Phoenix

Few, however, have embraced its playful soul with earnestness and verve of French indie garage rockers Phoenix. This year’s “Ti Amo,” is less a copycat homage then a full throated love song to the glistening elcetro pop radio candy that was the hallmark of that decade.

In the last few years, we’ve seen a wave of nostalgia for the pop culture of the ’80s, reaching near apotheosis in the Retro Wave genre with artists like D-Noise and Robert Parker.  Few, however, have embraced its playful soul with the earnestness and verve of French indie garage rockers Phoenix.

This year’s “Ti Amo” is less a copycat homage than a full throated love song to the glistening electro pop radio candy that was the hallmark of that decade. The top-down sunshine of the opening track “J-Boy” snaps like 1983.

The album doesn’t let down as it bops joyfully through the DIY lo-fi disco of “Lovelife” and the title track, with reverb-drenched synth ballads like “Via Veneto” and the bubble gum funk of “Goodbye Soleil.”

This is such a breath of optimisism and whimsy that it feels almost anachronistic in this tumultuous year, but it’s so genuine — executed without any hipster irony or cynicism. It sticks the landing hard enough to be my favorite albun of 2017.

Michael Goedhart

Michael Goedhart lives in Park Ridge, IL and is an aficionado of cinema, music, and cat videos. He can frequently be found chatting people up about Star Wars and explaining to them why they're wrong

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