The last time Sebadoh released an album the reaction was far from flattering. Critics who’d previously championed the band’s lo-fi aesthetic and the intensely personal songwriting of Lou Barlow and Jason Lowenstein chided the band for the perceived bloated production aesthetic of 1999’s
Success doesn’t seem to have clouded French band Phoenix’s minds. While their 2009 album was titled Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, tipping their hat to the famous composer, they named the follow-up simply Bankrupt! The title of the band’s fifth album, out tomorrow, is a nod to the beauty of failure, guitarist Christian Mazzalai says.