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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Studio album by Phoenix
Released May 25, 2009 (2009-05-25) (Internationally)
May 26, 2009  United States
Recorded 2008
Genre Alternative rock
Synth pop
Length 37:02
Label V2 Records, Loyauté
Producer Phoenix, Philippe Zdar
Professional reviews
Phoenix chronology
It's Never Been Like That
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Singles from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  1. "1901"
    Released: February 23, 2009
  2. "Lisztomania"
    Released: July 7, 2009

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is the fourth studio album album by the French alternative rock band Phoenix. It was released internationally by V2 Records on 25 May 2009. The album is mixed by Philippe Zdar, who also mixed Phoenix's debut studio album, United. Zdar also plays the drums on a few songs. Phoenix released the song "1901" as a free download on 23 February 2009 when the redesigned official website launched.[1] It was awarded the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards held on January 31, 2010.[2]



The term used for the title of the album's second single, "Lisztomania", was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Franz Liszt's virtuosic piano performances. There were allegedly screaming women at these performances, and the audience was sometimes limited to standing room only.[3].

The inspiration for "Love Like a Sunset" came to vocalist Thomas Mars during a car journey. [4]


From May 12, 2009, the album was available to download from the iTunes Store for customers in North America[6] and from Amazon MP3.[7]

On 7 August, 2009, Phoenix performed a live version of "Lisztomania" on Australian youth radio network Triple J in a program called "Like a Version". [8] Phoenix used Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies to help them in the creative process for this album.

The track "1901" was used for the theatrical trailer of the film New York, I Love You, has been featured in commercials for the 2010 Cadillac SRX, and has been the theme song for Melrose Place. "Lisztomania" has also been featured in a trailer for Valentine's Day. The instrumental of 1901 this song is also used in the 606 football podcast on BBC 5 live.


In Australia, the album debuted at #13.[9] It debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart at #37 and remained in the Top 100 for several weeks due to the alternative radio success of the album's second single "1901."

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album on January 31, 2010.[10]

Year-end list entries

1901 was #13 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2009 Lisztomania was #4 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2009

Track listing

Track Title Length
1. "Lisztomania"   4:02
2. "1901"   3:13
3. "Fences"   3:45
4. "Love Like a Sunset Part I"   5:39
5. "Love Like a Sunset Part II"   1:57
6. "Lasso"   2:48
7. "Rome"   4:38
8. "Countdown"   3:57
9. "Girlfriend"   3:24
10. "Armistice"   3:05


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 13[citation needed]
Austrian Albums Chart 66[citation needed]
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 27[citation needed]
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 22[citation needed]
Canadian Albums Chart 19[citation needed]
French Albums Chart 14[citation needed]
German Albums Chart 18[citation needed]
Irish Albums Chart 64[citation needed]
Norwegian Albums Chart 14[citation needed]
Swedish Albums Chart 34[citation needed]
Swiss Albums Chart 23[citation needed]
UK Albums Chart 54[citation needed]
US Billboard 200 37[17]
US Independent Albums 2


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