Pretty Girls Make Graves
The New Romance



Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The match that lit the torch before it burned out

Exploiting their own sounds and adopting The Smith’s song of the same name, Pretty Girls Make Graves was one of the few concealed bands who created an outcome of impressive importance. The New Romance was unexpected and astonishing, simply put as a post-punk masterpiece. Using wave after wave of sonic guitar bursts to mold and polish their artistic rhythms; the band left a mark on the underground music scene and still maintains a large following despite the fact that the band has been broken since 2007.

For all the luminosity and creativity shown, it's all so strange that this band contains the same annoyances of your garage band next door. But when direct in the face, this album is a musical treasure chest of wasted vocals, a mixture of floating and stabbing guitars and a punk paste to impossibly glue them all together. It doesn't make sense, but it is a creative masterpiece. They utilize electronica in the cracks as a sealant and present a solid surface all across the entire album. It doesn't bore and it sure doesn't depress or regress in any manner.

The composition and variance is so diverse, it’s almost as if the band had created their own musical dimension. As with the “nothing to lose” feeling behind the song Blue Lights, each track has its own side to show on the album. The guitars are flashy, the organs are orgasmic and the arrangements of heavy punk and odd drum patterns push others off the stage and into the stand. Its simple math, your ears will follow along and take the enjoyment for what it is, or be flamed in a confusion of guilty pleasures. The acoustic beauty is deep enough to hear the very plucking of the strings, and while some an already imagine some bad ideas of what it may sound like; it isn’t a bad thing at all for this case. For all to see, the variance is unique and the songs are fresh enough to be compared to the Beatles themselves. Don’t criticize, it’s not a stretch, the music utilizes a wide array of instruments in ways that give the band their own complete and whole sound, along with melodies that can fit into any activity or mood.

The band is practically as hyperactive as their creation of the songs Chemical, Chemical and The Teeth Collector. Both are catchy, creative and flowing rivers of impressive power and musical invention. As fluttering as it is piercing, the band creates an intense movement all throughout the album. The odd combination of female lead vocals and the teething guitars along with the strangeness and uncertainty of the musical direction, it is undeniably intriguing. The album contains enough groovy organs to unfeasibly hook a metal fan into the cult fanbase, and even prog-heads can salivate at the odd and artistic breakdowns in-between each beat of every song. With repeated listens it only proves that The New Romance is a devoted accomplishment.

It’s a pulse racing and blood driven album that stands apart from the punk and rock worlds. Erotic and encasing to the corner of the back of the album, The New Romance is an album that screams recognition through each pore of intensity. Especially with the closing track, “A Certain Cemetary” merges heartbreaking clamor with anathematic power, and the female vocalist commands it all among the mood of clashing cymbals thrashing bass. Even among the uneven guitars, the song is the innocent drug that finishes The New Romance with a depressing sentiment that is as unexpected as the anthem lullaby that it holds within.



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Parallels
May 14th 2010


6643 Comments


No, really, this album is amazing.
This ones for you The Academy.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2010


17225 Comments


All Medicated Geniuses is such a great song.

Parallels
May 14th 2010


6643 Comments


such good stuff. the title track is probably my favorite.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
May 15th 2010


3996 Comments


Surprised there wasn't already a review for this. One of these albums I have on CD but not digitally so I listen to it when I go home and rev up the CD player. Album is okay. I think I got it expecting it to be something else. I'll pull a relisten soon.

Parallels
May 15th 2010


6643 Comments


yay i inspired a staff writer to relisten to an album! i feel accomplished.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2010


28787 Comments


album and review = excellent. prefer good health by a hair, though. Also totally validates all 'wut
shud i review' lists, at least for me!

Parallels
May 15th 2010


6643 Comments


hair = hare

haha sorry i love puns.
thanks guys, i really enjoyed writing this review

AggravatedYeti
May 15th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

band is ill.
1/2 this album rules.

Parallels
May 15th 2010


6643 Comments


woo! you need to listen to it more then.

AggravatedYeti
May 15th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer 'Good Health' and the EP but "All Medicated Geniuses" and "The Teeth Collector" = :D
this album is very solid tho, but they just kind of got worse as the band started to fall apart.
review is sweet still.

SeaAnemone
May 15th 2010


20834 Comments


sounds like i need to listen

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2010


28787 Comments


yeah sea u do i think you'll like this.. also "Good Health"

Parallels
May 15th 2010


6643 Comments


Good Health + The New Romance = < 3

AtavanHalen
May 15th 2010


17927 Comments


This Is Our Emergency is one of my favourite songs. Like, ever.

Disconnected
May 23rd 2010


485 Comments


This is an awesome album.

SeaAnemone
May 24th 2010


20834 Comments


danks for da review seaanemone wuuuuves dis

EaglesBecomeVultures
March 15th 2013


5269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you rule

awesome bump

Digging: Dean Blunt - Black Metal

EaglesBecomeVultures
March 15th 2013


5269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i take that back cuz of 3.5 no kill no beep beep

EaglesBecomeVultures
March 15th 2013


5269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's a 5 ;]

haha objectively probably not but it's my fav album of all time

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 5th 2014


13404 Comments


track 1 kicked my ass on rock band drums, jamming now



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