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Raise The Dead
Phantom Planet
Raise The Dead
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

RAISE THE DEAD is Phantom Planet's fourth full-length collection, — following 1998's highly-praised PHANTOM PLANET IS MISSING, — 2002's THE GUEST (which included the now-classic California, — known far and wide as the theme s...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Phantom Planet
Title: Raise The Dead
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Atlantic
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 4/15/2008
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075678994999

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RAISE THE DEAD is Phantom Planet's fourth full-length collection,
following 1998's highly-praised PHANTOM PLANET IS MISSING,
2002's THE GUEST (which included the now-classic California,
known far and wide as the theme song to Fox's The O.C.), and 2004's
PHANTOM PLANET. The band started production on the new disc
eighteen months ago, eventually paring down 120 tracks written and
30 tracks recorded to the final 12. The result is an album that effortlessly mixes the band s sixties pop influence with a modern slant that s extremely refreshing in today s increasingly homogenous musical landscape. With RAISE THE DEAD, whether you decide to explore the cultinfluenced iconography or just want to listen to the songs on a purely visceral level, it s hard to deny that it was worth the four year wait

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CD Reviews

Phantom Planet is Better than Before
Maggie Mae | Memphis, Tennessee | 09/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This rock band has two prior releases: a self-titled release in 2004 and The Guest in 2002, both bringing you alternative power pop rock that sounded like most of the bands in that genre and time. Now they bring you Raise the Dead. It's in the same vein of rock as they have done with their prior releases. They rock with their certain style of pop-post punk infused songs like "Dropped" (a la The Jam) and "You Can Be My Ship" that adds horns. So if you take the Jam mixed with the Clash, then add some songs that change style slightly you have this record, which is why I was more fond of this release, than their others

The title track Raise the Dead has a nice intro of acoustic guitars giving a more moody vibe with the percussions, then comes together in a big way with Alex Greenwald singing with full force. Then you have "Quarantine" a more mellow type of a song and "Leader" which is a favorite on the album, due to it's more deep, thought provoking lyrics. So if you weren't a fan in the past, they were okay, you might want to check this release out because they do put out way more substantial tracks."
Phantom Planet Is NOT (and never was) Missing
cpasixstring87 | Cleveland, OH | 04/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Phantom Planet's latest effort, "Raise The Dead," with it's bold title and even bolder sound, has captivated me from the first listen. It's refreshing to see bands like Phantom who are not afraid to step out from their style and try something new (and yes, succeed!). No, it's not "California." The laid back smooth style found in PP's earlier days is pushed aside for a more brazen "in your face" sound.

Imagine mixing in a blender the bold new sound and chaotic guitar riffs of their 2004 self titled album with the catchy hooks of "The Guest." Add a pinch Alex Greenwald's effortlessly beautiful (sometimes even slurred) vocals, and what do you have? A concoction fit for true music lovers.

Of course, like most albums, the first half proves to be a much stronger line-up than the second half. However, I don't think you'll have any troubles listening through the entire album without hitting skip.

With that being said, this album may not be for the 14 year old O.C. fans who bought "The Guest," listens to track one and slides the disc right back next to Backstreet Boys "Never Gone." For everyone else, give it a shot! I think you'll be surprised when you find your voice quivering and cracking as you strain to sing along.

Highlights: Raise The Dead, Dropped, Leader, Do The Panic, Geronimo

4.5 stars out of 5"
Risen from the dead as it were
rapaleeman | Woodbridge, VA | 04/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Ok, I'm a huge Phantom Planet fan. Been with them since I heard "The Guest". Yes, "California" was the first track I heard, however it was on the radio almost a year before The OC aired so when I say I'm a fan it isn't because of some commercial vehicle they attached themselves to. I even somewhat enjoyed the self-titled album they put out. It was different, but it worked in my opinion to bring together a type of ordered chaos.

With that said, this album is just weird. I'm not really sure where they wanted to go or even where they are heading. "Phantom Planet is Missing" is the closest thing this album resembles, but even that would be pretty innacurate.

It seems that they took a bunch of songs that should have been on "The Guest" and added in some old school flavor to create this amalgom of a sound. It isn't bad by any means, but it is a pretty draastic departure in terms of the sound. Like I said before, the lyrics are actually more along the line of "The Guest" rather than the self-titled and that is a good thing since the self-titled was a little shallow in terms of writing.

Overall though, the album is just really hard to classify and being a fan of their older stuff really doesn't help all that much here. I would honestly recommend this to fans of bands like JET or Panic! At the Disco rather than older Phantom Planet fans. Those folks will probably get more out of it.

There are a few good songs here, but not much to get excited about. I guess this album dropped silently because of that fact. Or maybe it was because they left Epic and went to Fueled by Ramen where they do blend quite well along side the new Panic! album. As much as I would like to Highly Recommend this album, I can't.

Two and a half stars."