Pedro the Lion
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5.0
classic

Review

by voodooramen USER (4 Reviews)
January 16th, 2008 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The strongest Pedro the Lion album, in my opinion. It is a really great album experience and I would recommend this to anyone interested in indie rock with very well thought out lyrics.

Undeniably, this is the album that defines what music good means to me. It is lyrically, instrumentally, and conceptually what I look for in an album as a whole.

To begin with, this is certainly a departure from what Pedro the Lion had previously done. This was the only truly "angry" album David Bazan ever wrote, it is loaded with distorted guitars and crashing cymbals throughout, along with his tounge in cheek satirical lyrics. The lyrical content of the album is about society and the modern world, businesses, etc, and all of it's corruption. Take your opinions on how some of these issues are portrayed in this album, but it is undeniable that he is truly sincere in how he presents every song on this album. Albeit, this is somewhat of a depressing album as a whole.

I won't do a track by track analysis, but I will point out the key songs, for me.

Track one, Options. This is likely my favorite song by Pedro. It is perfectly blunt in it's presentation, lyric wise and instrumentally. It's simplicity is what is best about it. It's message is truly striking to me, because it is so revealing about what love is for so many in today's world. Yet, it is done so simply. I must say, I really do admire David Bazan's ability to write music.

Track two is another stand out track. Rapture. It is definitely less mellow than the previous track, with synthesizers in the background and more heavily driven guitars. The lyrics are about a husband cheating on his wife and though it is likely a metaphorical representation, how he would expect to be saved during the rapture while living his life of lies. As most of Bazan's writing, it is story based.

I might as well mention track 3 as well, considering it is likely the heaviest Pedro the Lion song, well at least composition wise. Very heavily distorted guitar, very heavily beaten drums both show a huge departure from previous Pedro material. If you heard some of their early stuff and then heard this, you would think I am joking if I told you they are the same band. What is, however, in common, is the strong lyrical content which has always been a basis for their stuff.

Other songs such as Indian Summer, and Priests and Paramedics are among the strongest on the album. Though, I don't really consider there anything less than strong songs throughout this album, these are just ones I would recommend listening to first. The album closes with Rejoice, which is up for interpretation as to it's meaning. It can be taken either sarcastically, or as sincere in it's line "Wouldn't it be so wonderful if everything were meaningless? But everything is so meaningful." David Bazan himself has said he does not have a set position on what it means, so it's what it strikes you as that is the correct interpretation.

So to sum things up, I feel it is the strongest Pedro the Lion album in all aspects, and would highly recommend this to anyone interested in them at all. Or indie rock as a whole for that matter. It is one of my favorite albums of any genre.


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br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 16th 2008


2125 Comments


Awesome album, my favourite from Pedro. Rapture is my favourite song on this.

Good review too.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2008


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good but nothing amazing.

voodooramen
January 17th 2008


14 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Tracklist is fixed, this was an already submitted album but without a review, so whoever submitted this originally didn't feel like the tracklist was worth putting. I didn't catch that when I made this review, but I did notice it a week ago when I toyed with the idea of reviewing it. Oh well.

chickenfish, If you haven't heard them, I would say give it a shot. It's worth a listen.

Thanks bread man.This Message Edited On 01.17.08

astrel
January 17th 2008


2614 Comments


I always think this band is "Pedo" the Lion when I just glance at the name...anywho nice Wonder Showzen avatar there.

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

PuddlesPuddles
December 1st 2010


4784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is good but I can't see myself coming back too much

WeepingBanana
December 1st 2010


10187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

penetration is a pretty great song

TenSecondsToThink
May 7th 2012


1238 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

If you don't read the lyrics along, you won't enjoy it one tiny bit. If you do, this will make you
overthink your whole life.
The "actual music" is not that important about it, it does fit perfectly to the whole story though and
creates an insane atmosphere.
A staff member rating this a 3 with a crappy four word explanation along makes me a bit mad.

ABjordanMM
June 8th 2012


1431 Comments


Second best is amazing.

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

TenSecondsToThink
June 8th 2012


1238 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yes, very depressive though.

scissorlocked
March 2nd 2013


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"you are going to die, we're all going to diiiiieeeee"



Digging: Traumprinz - All The Things

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 29th 2013


13341 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

why is this the only review and why is there only half a page of comments


Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 29th 2013


13341 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

GUYS

TenSecondsToThink
August 29th 2013


1238 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Exactly.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 29th 2013


13341 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

TenSecondsToThink
August 29th 2013


1238 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It's really weird. I don't think he cares a lot about selling himself, though most people know who he is.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 29th 2013


13341 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed

yo sputpay attention

ABjordanMM
August 29th 2013


1431 Comments


Great band.

kingjulian
September 30th 2013


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is so under-appreciated here. Not that people don't like it, but so few have even rated it.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 30th 2013


13341 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

same

zakalwe
March 2nd 2014


8517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thrown into the den, fed to Pedro and I'll die with a smile on me face cos this rules.

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