Discover A Lovelier You - Pernice Brothers
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  • Summary: Thom Monahan produced the band's fourth studio album.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
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  1. The loveliest album of Pernice's pretty career.
  2. Does rediscovering what a guitar can do count as a bold new direction for Joe Pernice? Not so much. But it adds new hues to a near-flawless batch of sorrowful pop wonders, and ups the power of one of the best songwriters of his era.
  3. 83
    You just wonder how songs this miserable can sound so excruciatingly gorgeous. [Jul 2005, p.104]
  4. Less lush than their previous affairs, but still rich in Beach Boys-like vocal harmonies. [Jul 2005, p.120]
  5. 70
    A compelling exercise in craft. [Jul 2005, p.96]
  6. The album succeeds in creating a dreamy mood that is both soothing and slightly unsettling. And yet this mood is relentless, and, ultimately, all the songs begin to sound the same.
  7. Discover a Lovelier you isn't really even a bad album, only unremarkably OK.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. DC
    Apr 9, 2007
    Without a doubt the best album of 05. On par with "Yours, Mine & Ours" if not better than it. Great album!
  2. JohnB
    Jul 1, 2005
    Aw, c'mon. It's just great. Pernice is quite capable of turning out turgid material (Big Tobacco anyone?) but this is an awesome album. Great songs, terrific production, different-but-equal to his previous two albums. It will be on lots of best-of-2005 lists. Much superior to the oddly over-rated Go-Betweens album - and I say that as a diehard GB fan. Expand
  3. LD
    Mar 10, 2007
    This is pop music at it's finest. This band needs to blow up.
  4. TroutBoyMKE
    Jun 15, 2005
    Several pop gems and a couple of weaker shades of blue. Joe Pernice's music is on par with fishing on a very good day.
  5. AC
    Mar 10, 2007
    Pernice Brothers are clearly one of the most underrated bands out there right now. Every album they release is a critical darling, yet...they slip through most people's radar when it comes to great modern bands. "Discover A Lovelier You" is to me there best work to's such a wonderful record with so many memorable gems to listen to. From-- There Goes The Sun, Amazing Glow, Subject Drop, Discover A Lovelier You, Saddest Quo, and Dumb It Down, make this a joy to listen to. Overall, this is one of the best albums of 05. Expand
  6. JLH
    Jun 19, 2005
    I agree with Eric R re: Pitchfork/Pop Matters post-adolescent curmudgeons. I was actually sort of mezzo-mezzo w/Yours, Mines and Ours (disappointingly stripped-down, simplified harmonics); Lovelier's harmonic textures are more rich and varied. In the end, another excellent Pernice recording. Expand
  7. HarryE
    Aug 31, 2005
    Not nearly as good as "first last and always" its OK but seems too bland to me. They Can do better

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