Pedals - Rival Schools
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  • Summary: The sophomore album from the New York-based post-hardcore band are back with a more focused, more dynamic, melodious sound.
  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Emo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Hardcore
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 30, 2011
    90
    Maybe I'm just a sucker for simultaneously fleet-footed and heavy, anthemic rock songs that veer towards warm, wry humanism rather than either empty platitudes or snide cynicism, but as far as I'm concerned Pedals' 35 minutes contains more wisdom and beauty than most records twice its length.
  2. Mar 8, 2011
    90
    Although it's been a full decade since their last release, United by Fate, Rival Schools don't miss a beat on this reunion disc. [Mar/Apr 2011, p. 88]
  3. There will surely be those who really want to hate Pedals, and they won't have any difficulty finding justification for their scorn within the album's ten tracks. Nonetheless, it's a winning return, though perhaps not entirely worth the wait.
  4. Mar 8, 2011
    70
    Pedals reveals a group of reenergized vets who've hardly mellowed with
  5. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    And my sixteen-year-old-self waits with baited-breath, wracked with the same nervous excitement I had a decade ago except this time, there's anticipation and expectation, justification, even, for an album I've waited almost half my life for.
  6. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    While the album may not move you the way their first album does, maybe it'll just take a minute for the second one to sink in, too. [Apr 2011, p.120]
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    50
    At this point Rival Schools sound like Nada Surf without the pop nous or OK Go without the videos. Perfectly listenable, perfectly agreeable, absolutely forgettable.

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  1. Jan 24, 2013
    9
    I'm really not that much of a fan of this genre. This is one of the few albums I enjoy, as I haven't found many like it worth listening to. But I enjoy almost every song equally on the album, each have a different feel to them and are fantastic in their own way. It's honestly hard to understand why someone wouldn't like it unless you have absolutely no interest in this style of music, but even so, this album could change your mind. Expand