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Phantom Planet

Raise The Dead

Reportedly inspired by the music of cult leaders Charles Manson and David Koresh, songs of spiritual unease fill the fourth album from Phantom Planet, the once-sunny tunesmiths behind ”California,” that indelible O.C. theme song. Thankfully, this L.A.-based quartet pierces the gloom with winsome melodies and swelling, thunderous choruses. While the downbeat ”Leader” entrances with Arcade Fire-type flourishes (and a children’s chorus), tracks like the riotous ”Do the Panic” rock to the apocalypse with élan. For all the angst, Raise the Dead is ultimately uplifting. B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ”Do the Panic” at Phantom Planet’s MySpace page

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