Achilles Heel - Pedro The Lion
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  • Summary: James McAlister (Ester Drang) joins band leader David Bazan and his longtime collaborator TW Walsh on Pedro The Lion's fifth album.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
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  1. A heartbreakingly brilliant album that unravels itself slowly if you just stop and listen. [Jul 2004, p.132]
  2. A hallmark for the band, a culmination of their previous work, and -- upon its release -- their best album to date.
  3. 80
    Bazan will never sound truly happy on record, but here he’s as content as anyone could have hoped for, and all the healthier for it.
  4. The band's attempts to diversify the tone are not always successful.
  5. I'm not sure if it's the lack of a clear-cut conceptual idea or something else, but the 11 songs on the release just seem to plow along through waters that the group has already rowed many times before.
  6. Nothing here is horrible, but nothing here is great.
  7. Rather than show true sympathy by exploring the nuance of even the superficially simplest lives, Bazan makes drearily deterministic morons out of his supposed objects of pathos.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Oct 4, 2004
    Devastatingly Beautiful!!!! Spend a few listens alone with this album, and it will take you over...
  2. dorisd
    Jun 11, 2004
    I've already listened to it more times then Bazan's other albums combined. A few of these songs are perfect; the rest are merely really good. Fine, two of them suck. But overall it's exceptional. Expand
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Sep 17, 2004
    The Lion's poorest album in the sense that it's the most forgettable. There are no standout tracks, no real stinkers either...just a blase collection of mid-tempo numbers without real choruses that blend together seamlessly because they all sound the same. Check out the folksy "It's Hard To Find A Friend" or the more rock-oriented "Control" if you're interested in hearing prime Pedro; "Achilees Heel" is for completists only. Expand