Pedro the Lion
Achilles Heel


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
April 27th, 2012 | 37 replies | 7,276 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not like it wasn't all for you, but like everything I do it's misunderstood.

Looking back on it, Pedro The Lion's Achilles Heel is a fascinating look at the evolution of David Bazan – not only as a musician but also as a living, breathing organism on this earth. It's fitting that this was the last album released under the Pedro moniker as the former youth group-gone-indie sound of his previous work had pretty much disappeared at this point. Sure, Bazan always had his doubts, they were what made him “him” you could say, but Achilles Heel always seemed like more of an affirmation to rebuke his own wandering soul than a cry of praise for those in doubt. His chastising of his fellow practitioners had gone from the back to basics hesitation of “The Secret of the Easy Yoke” to such biting lines as “...You were to busy steering the conversation toward the Lord to hear the voice of the spirit begging you to shut the *** up,” in “Foregone Conclusions”. Even his most steadfast moments of faith on Achilles Heel are consumed by uncertainty. Despite the comforting melody of the chorus of “The Fleecing”, his exasperated release of “...And I can't think it like I feel it and I don't feel a thing” makes it seem as though the only person he's trying to convince is his self. To this day Bazan is his own one man game of tug of war, but Achilles Heel is the sound of two competing ideologies – the tradition that you know versus the truth you feel – both staking claims to the man at the other's expense, a messy internal dialogue that lead us to the hauntingly intimate schism of Curse Your Branches.

That's not to say that all of Achilles Heel is a drawn out passion play. The album also does its best to expound on the darker elements of previous Pedro the Lion outings such as Winners Never Quit's morose family tale with the “Discretion” continuing on deeper into the realm of death and red handed family politics. Tracks like “The Poison” also delve into Bazan's own follies, in this case alcoholism. Bazan's never shied away from presenting himself as nothing more than a broken man stumbling through life despite his best efforts to hinder himself, and “The Poison” is that “first step” song of admittance. It all comes together to create a vivid document of the man. Driven by his own doubts and confusions, Achilles Heel is David Bazan trying to sort himself out in the only way he knows how: writing damn good songs.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



17204 Comments


I want to edit this to fix the grammar in the quote i copied from a lyrics site and get rid of the censoring but apparently I cannot because the site is fucking up.

Eko
April 26th 2012



2119 Comments


YES thank you Adam

TenSecondsToThink
April 27th 2012



1219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bazan is so unfairly underrated on this website.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 27th 2012



10593 Comments


You've convinced me

captaincrunch11
April 27th 2012



1198 Comments


Hell yeah

Spare
April 27th 2012



5271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pedro the lion review outta nowhere

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



7174 Comments


I think Spare hit the nail on the head there. Haven't heard of this artist before, but the write-up was a bit of a nifty change from all the "new-release-rage" we've been having on here recently =)

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



15889 Comments


Irving sighting.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



7174 Comments


TAKE ME NOW SOWING

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



17204 Comments


If you've never heard David Bazan's music I would start with Curse Your Branches because that's the best thing he's ever done in my opinion. For Pedro the Lion releases It's Hard to Find a Friend and Control are more accessible but this one is my favorite.

Nikkolae
April 27th 2012



4837 Comments


soooooo glad someone finaly reviewed this

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Kris.
April 27th 2012



12299 Comments


i really need to check these guys out heard lots of good things

Spare
April 27th 2012



5271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would start with Curse Your Branches because that's the best thing he's ever done in my opinion
i could actually never get into this for whatever reason. but i love pretty much all pedro the lion releases

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



17204 Comments


Control is great but it's my 3rd favorite Pedro release behind this and It's Hard to Find A Friend

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



10064 Comments


Getting this guy confused with Will Bevan.

Wait, who's Will Bevan?

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



17204 Comments


no fucking clue.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012



17204 Comments


oh so that's his name.

KotoFtw
April 28th 2012



1073 Comments


David Bazan/Pedro The Lion is fairly underrated here. Good review, Adam. Good to see this getting some love.

TenSecondsToThink
April 28th 2012



1219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Did you just take my post and change a few letters?

iswimfast
April 28th 2012



1290 Comments


Based off the ratings, they don't seem to be underrated at all. So not only are you bitching about someone stealing your post but also about someone stealing your incorrect impression.

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