Secular End

Bonus tracks

Texas Platters

Secular End

Revenge of the Phoenix (Cellar Door)

Phoenix transplants Secular End poke and prod at pop-punk's cathartic essence from a variety of angles on their debut. The catchy "Machines Are Slowly Taking Over My Pulse" adds a New Wave quirk to the mix, "Hey Judas" proffers a Black Francis sneer, and "Make Believe" takes an ill-advised stab at rap metal. Even though the tangent swapping doesn't always yield distinguished results, a scrappy energy pervades throughout.

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*Oops! The following correction ran in the February 3, 2006 issue: Last week's "Bonus Tracks" review of Secular End's Revenge of the Phoenix concluded with a one-star assessment. The disc had actually been assigned two stars.

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