by Amir Karim Nezar

All in all every track here fits nicely into a generally warm, confident scheme of sound that's almost faultless. While not mind-blowingly original, Phantom Power is nonetheless reaffirmation that one can always take influences and make something personalized, fresh, and stellar out of them.

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The Clientele "The Violet Hour"
M83 "Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts"
Grandaddy "Sumday"
Clearlake "Cedars"
•Manitoba "Up in Flames"
•Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" (Scott)
•Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" (Andy)
•Deftones "Deftones"
•Gordon Downie "Battle of the Nudes"
•Pete Yorn "Day I Forgot"
•The Heavy Blinkers "Better Weather"
•The Delgados "Hate"
•Hawksley Workman "The Delicious Wolves"
•Aarktica "Pure Tone Audiometry"
•Exploding Hearts "Guitar Romantic"
•The Decemberists "Castaways & Cutouts"
•The Burning Paris "And By December You Will Know. . ."
•The White Stripes "Elephant"
•Sigur Rós "Hlemmur (OST)"
•The Dirty Three "She Has No Strings Apollo"
•The Postal Service "Give Up"
•The Burning Paris "And By December You Will Know. . ."
•The White Stripes "Elephant"
•Sigur Rós "Hlemmur (OST)"

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