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