Timothy Cade | Houston, Texas USA | 06/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If CAKE and THE STROKES got together and had a baby in a garage, this would be that baby. From the soft and stable John Meyorish songs of The Guest Album to the heartpumping garage thrashing songs of their self-titled release, these guys are "the new stuff." I admit, california is a bit mainstream but it hooked me and led me to their real stuff. Good music for everyday normal people who enjoy relatable lyrics with catchy music and a sense of humor. It may not set them apart from everyday rock bands, but it is a job well done."
Outta' This World
Willie James | St.Louis, MO USA | 04/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the 'Phantom Planet/The Guest' combo-pak with some reservations. For starters, I had never heard any of their songs, i got it because it was a duel-disc album for $11 at Vintage Vinyl and I thought the cover art was cool. Now i'm someone who listens to any and everything that gets me going; country, rap, jazz, r&b, rock, trip hop you name it. I am someone whose addicted to music, so it's only fitting i become a musician. So, as a guy going to school studying music i have a certain appreciation for those who are able to make one great album, let alone two great albums. On the first disc it starts off with that kinda post-punk, new wave energy...be forwarned it is very loud, so if your one who plays their music in headphones...you may want to keep your hearing and have it at a reasonable listening level...i can't beleive i'm saying this i sound like my grandmother...anyway,Phantom Planet has become one of those bands i want to hear more from. On disc one they have a song i usually vibe and write my own lyrics to called "Mr.KnowItAll".
What i do is wait until the middle of the night when i can't sleep because my day kept me wired and listen to the album and write. And, everytime i write the album puts me in the mind of the movies. The concept, friends (all there own) who have a get together. Two make love, and the next day lay in bed hoping they didn't wake the other going to brush their teeth for that morning kiss. I'm saying you all have got to get this album. That may not be the albums concept, but it's definetly going to give you that...feeling to just...be. Congratulations Phantom Planet, you all have made something really beautiful here, and no matter what it meant while you were writing it, to me it's something i don't mind the rest of my friends and family clowning me for listening to "white music"...you guys gave me a rainbow in a puddle of water along the curb...and i really needed it cause my writing was suffering.
Now, i don't want people to go have all these expectations about this album. Because it meant something to me don't expect it for you, expect to enjoy a listening experience for you and you only...love Willie James."
Something a little different than before...
The Crazy Korean | Left of the middle, MI, USA | 10/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Phantom Planet's new cd "Phantom Planet" is not like their previous cds. "The Guest" and "Is missing" show a slower more mellow side and creates a very happy place. It takes catchy beats and infectious lyrics that get stuck in you head for days, taking on a much more pop image.
Now having "California" as the theme song for the popular show The O.C. Phantom Planet is getting much more attention than before with hits like "California", "Lonely Day", and "Anthem". With the new album, however, it takes a harder and edgier sound. Their first single "Big Brat" is something you'd never expect from them with sounds of more rock than on the other albums. Then again with the exit of drummer/ co-writer Jason Schwartsman, this new sound could have come from newer ideas from the rest of the band.
Songs like "The Happy Ending", "1st Things 1st", and "The Meantime" have a Strokes like feel to them. Alex Greenwald's voice seems to morph right into Julian Casablanca's voice on these tracks. While this might be a great thing for fans of The Strokes and other such fans of "The" bands, this is kind of a change for the fans of the first two albums. The best suggestion would be to buy the combo pack so you get a taste of the old with the "Reissue of The Guest" and a taste of the new "Phantom Planet" a little rock and a little pop.