Sadcore indie singer-songwriter Pedro the Lion, also known as David Bazan, shifts from the somber gray tones of his previous outings to full-bodied pop. “Achilles’ Heel” is filled with delicious melodies, cool buzzy guitar riffs and great tales.
This bigger, sweeter approach gives Bazan’s gorgeous voice a sunny timbre that is utterly delightful. In the yearning “A Simple Plan,” he imagines a utopia where everyone gets a fair shot. When Bazan asks, “Why not?” it’s a bittersweet reality check that doesn’t nix the power of his delicate prayer.