Elan Vital - Pretty Girls Make Graves
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  • Summary: Guitarist Nathan Thelen is out, and keyboardist Leona Marrs is in, for the third LP from the Andrea Zollo-fronted band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Elan Vital is easily the band's most adventurous disc to date. [Jun 2006, p.178]
  2. Amazingly, though Elan Vital easily could've become their resounding Sandinista flop, Zollo's clean vocals, knife-sharp melodies and subtle politically charged songwriting help secure its nomination as Pretty Girls' London Calling.
  3. Takes some weird chances. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.123]
  4. It's the sound of the band mutating from the exciting, mysterious person in the club to the partner you pee in front of and take shopping for carpets. [15 Apr 2006, p.35]
  5. It is, at one time or another, twee reggae, hipster rock-ism, synth-pop balladry, post-Interpol gothickry. It's an inconsistency that's both noble and annoying.
  6. These initial songs are noteworthy by any measure; the remainder of the album, then, is a bit of a let-down, especially on first listen.
  7. An excruciating listen. [May 2006, p.129]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. AlexandriaC
    May 3, 2007
    andrea is a very talented singer, and will continue to portray this, even though the band has split. this deserves a 10.
  2. dasmith
    Jun 13, 2006
    There best yet.....I like pyrite pedestal and selling the wind the best I think.....
  3. richardd
    Apr 28, 2006
    i think pgmg have really pushed themselves and matured their sound. the writing is excellent and they are sonically more complex. all this and the songs will get stuck in your head for days! Expand
  4. williamo
    Apr 13, 2006
    I love them, what a good move! Really good mix of post-punk and art-rock! In the top for this year, for sure!
  5. Tom
    May 12, 2006
    it's not surprising that q magazine bashed this record - this is the magazine that gave the kooks' album four stars, so that just underlines their total irrelevance. as for the album itself, it's on a par with new romance, but nowhere near as good as their debut, good health. i guess i just prefer their old, energetic sound. still a great live band, though. Expand
  6. AaronQ
    Apr 28, 2006
    Definitely more interesting than "The New Romance," but that doesn't mean as good. "Good Heatlh" really is where it's at.
  7. greenbean
    May 9, 2006
    unoriginal music that inevitably gives a headache.

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