Achilles Heel - Pedro The Lion
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. Ultimately, Bazan continues to sound more like a distillation of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and The Counting Crows' Adam Duritz than the latest flavor of pop star.
  5. Write good songs. Record them simply. Don't preach. There's a concept that works.
  6. Although it’s good stuff, there are few innovations here, and while the simplicity is welcome, you may not always notice that there’s an album playing.
  7. Achilles Heel may not cohere as well as its predecessors, but its best moments still chill the blood in wise and winning ways.
  8. 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.
  9. Nothing here is horrible, but nothing here is great.
  10. The band's attempts to diversify the tone are not always successful.
  11. Whether it's the lack of plot, insight, or collaborators, Achilles Heel also finds Bazan's music stuck in a room with no exits, with one loping distortion-pedal crawler after another.
  12. An affectionate, fuzzy-felt melodic alt.country rocking affair with sugarcane barbed lyrics. [26 Jun 2004, p.54]
  13. One of the most easily forgettable albums in recent memory. [#7]
  14. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. [Anonymous]
    Oct 4, 2004
    10
    Devastatingly Beautiful!!!! Spend a few listens alone with this album, and it will take you over...
  2. BenjaminBunny
    Sep 17, 2004
    5
    The Lion's poorest album in the sense that it's the most forgettable. There are no standout tracks, no real stinkers either...just 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. Full Review »
  3. dorisd
    Jun 11, 2004
    9
    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 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. Full Review »