Control - Pedro The Lion

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. This album includes boasts a brilliant storyteller, amazing music, and, most important, beautifully delivered lyrics.
  2. It's that rare record that both thinks and rocks.
  3. Control's exhilarating high points take Pedro's brooding, hesitantly melodic indie rock closer to Ozzfet than they've ever been. [Jul 2002, p.94]
  4. 80
    Musically, it predictably alternates between relentless, driving guitars and agonisingly slow dirges, but Bazan's gift lies in lyrics. [Oct 2002, p.112]
  5. He's no Elliott Smith yet, but if he expands his songwriting and subject matter, he could be a future heir to the indie-wuss throne.
  6. 80
    Control is the finger-pointing punk record of the year. [#54, p.101]
  7. Control stands apart from previous Pedro the Lion releases because its harder material is among its most satisfying.
  8. Control may be dark and sometimes brutal, but it's ultimately life-affirming and difficult to forget.
  9. While it may turn off some people who were fans of his earlier, acoustic work, it also shows that he has the chops to do a full-fledged rock album.
  10. Where [Winners Never Quit] moved with confidence and conviction of purpose, Control wallows in an amoral netherworld of overamped midtempo ballads and incomplete thoughts.
  11. Control reveals a restrained, calculating rocker.
  12. Control's opener "Options" is one of the saddest, most sincere songs to come down the pipe in years.
  13. Control finds Bazan wallowing so completely in the dark side of the human psyche that it becomes stifling after awhile.
  14. [Control] finds Bazan wearily retreading themese of religion and relationships. [May 2002, p.119]

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