Ceremony (studio album) by Phantogram

Ceremony by Phantogram
Year: 2020
Release date: 2020-03-06
Overall rank: 43,832nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top albums of 2020 (707th)
Award Top albums of the 2020s (1,397th)
Award Best albums of all time (43,832nd)
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Phantogram bestography

Ceremony is ranked 4th best out of 6 albums by Phantogram on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Phantogram is Eyelid Movies which is ranked number 8333 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 143.

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From 05/26/2020 07:18
Phantastic! Love this band and everything they do. They are a treat to see live because of Sarah Barthel's fun electric stage presence. Been looking forward to this album since last summer. Mister Impossible and Into Happiness were fun seeing live. Can't wait till I see them again cuz Dear God would make a great concert "banger". Such a funky catchy AF song. Ceremony is easily their best closing song. Only complaint is that it needed one more track because the album is a bit short.
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From 03/28/2020 21:23
This is their most approachable album yet - As their more buttoned-up / electro-pop side is certainly given the spotlight on this album. But still - Ceremony delivers on a wide scope.

The melodic & radio-ready sound is at its peak on this project with Dear God - super clean and unvaried drums, & light pop-synths, lead by bright, repetitive vocals. Their deeper cuts are some of my favorite moments, and they really amplify their pre-established surreal and trippy sound. Take News Today & Gaunt Kids - Very eerie, whispery and distorted vocals over a hazy soundscape. Although - both of these songs felt anti-climactic - both have an interesting buildup that just leads to… nothing. With exception to Ceremony? That is a complete catastrophic, distorted, K-Hole of an experience the ending on that song is? Amazing - Amazing… Moments like this are why I have a hard time fully siding with those who say they lost their edge. This is brilliant. Call me a Stan. I’ll take it

Really the only low moments are the tracks Pedestal & Glowing - Sarah’s voice is BEAUTIFUL - especially over the airy pianos on Glowing. I felt like they fell flat - just uninteresting overall. And I’m not saying these songs are bad - by any means - just in comparison to the other tracks - it's not at the level.

There’s no debate that Ceremony is indeed more agreeable, has more mass appeal. However - I do like this album quite a bit - Am I blown away? No - Did they introduce a new progressive sound? No - my take is, while they continue to widen their spectrum of sound they do a good job at representing the entire spectrum. Even at their poppiest / easiest to digest songs - there is still a sense of artistry.

8/10

FAVORITE: CEREMONY / MISTER IMPOSSIBLE / NEWS TODAY / INTO HAPPINESS

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From 03/15/2020 17:37
Solid album that drops off a bit at the end. Nothing really shines through as a major "banger" though, just a collection of good songs consistent with their historic sound.

Favorite Tracks: Dear God, In A Spiral, Pedestal
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