The New Romance - Pretty Girls Make Graves
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  • Summary: The Seattle hard rock band's sophomore album was produced by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Built To Spill).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. At once daring and danceable, The New Romance is the best Talking Heads record Bikini Kill never made. [Oct 2003, p.120]
  2. Put Pretty Girls Make Graves on the short list of bands that matter and make sure you get this record.
  3. The album exists in that scarcely inhabited rock-and-roll world where technical prowess coexists peacefully with clear and simple songcraft, the former never forgoing the latter.
  4. Maintains the urgency of their debut, developing ideas that were only in their infancy on their debut.
  5. PGMG is at its strongest when trafficking in one particular base emotion: Anger. It's when the band attempts to emote on a frequency dominated by the likes of Bright Eyes and Dashboard Confessional that the group gets into trouble.
  6. Frequently explodes with ideas. [Oct 2003, p.112]
  7. 30
    Tepid, predictable.... It's sleek and stylized, the spastic, jittery punk replaced by impassioned, searching guitar lines. [#60, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7