Control

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It's that rare record that both thinks and rocks.
  2. This album includes boasts a brilliant storyteller, amazing music, and, most important, beautifully delivered lyrics.
  3. Control may be dark and sometimes brutal, but it's ultimately life-affirming and difficult to forget.
  4. Alternative Press
    80
    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]
  5. Control stands apart from previous Pedro the Lion releases because its harder material is among its most satisfying.
  6. 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.
  7. Magnet
    80
    Control is the finger-pointing punk record of the year. [#54, p.101]
  8. Uncut
    80
    Musically, it predictably alternates between relentless, driving guitars and agonisingly slow dirges, but Bazan's gift lies in lyrics. [Oct 2002, p.112]
  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. Q Magazine
    40
    [Control] finds Bazan wearily retreading themese of religion and relationships. [May 2002, p.119]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. ianvano
    Dec 8, 2003
    10
    amazing, a awesome story. deffenently buy the cd
  2. rob
    Oct 27, 2003
    10
    shows examples of ugly things occurring, but in such a beautiful way. it's strange how Pedro can make adultery sound so good, but he does...
  3. matts
    Nov 15, 2002
    9
    It's a great album. I think that Pedro is hands down the best emo/indie song writer. His lyrics are dark, and sometimes scary, but other It's a great album. I think that Pedro is hands down the best emo/indie song writer. His lyrics are dark, and sometimes scary, but other times filled with hope. Full Review »