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May 25, 2004

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PEDRO THE LION: ACHILLES HEEL

The latest addition to Pedro's vast catalog, this album is a little more pop-savvy than the last offering, "Control."  Added synth bass lines and catchier guitar parts make this album accessible to the mainstream market, but the lyrics remain harsh and often gruesome, much as Pedro listeners have grown to love.  This is not a concept album, but it seems like it may have some interconnecting topics.  Songs like "A Simple Plan" form atmospheres of desperation in a working world gone right, while other tracks demonstrate a relationship gone terribly awry, such as "Start Without Me" and "I Do."  Maybe singer/songwriter David Bazan has gone through some horrifying experiences in his day, or maybe he just likes making up stories.  Either way, they come out brilliant in these songs just as they had in earlier records.  Chalk another one up to expertise, Pedro the Lion strikes again.

PUBLICATION
KCFS

AUTHOR
Justin Whitcomb

DIRECT LINK TO ARTICLE
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