• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2003
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12

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  1. MisterRoboto
    Feb 9, 2005
    9
    Nothing short of a masterpiece. Razor sharp talent that doesn't give itself over to pomp. Craft and creativity at their finest. I've been playing it for 2 years now and it only gets better.
  2. DrunkenMaster
    Jan 12, 2005
    9
    "The New Romance" delivers exactly what the title promises -- intelligent, beautiful, independent rock music with a strong sense of literary values. The name of the band comes from a Kerouac novel! Highly recommended.
  3. TheLoveofDerekFudesco
    Feb 24, 2005
    9
    Absolutely sublime. I agree, fresh with every listen, bright and anthemic. Kookier than Good Health, but individuality is never a bad thing. A fantastic live band too!
  4. BrandanC
    Aug 13, 2005
    10
    MMM
  5. BenD
    Sep 24, 2005
    9
    A great rock record. Everything fits together perfectly. The guitars are fast and screaching, but they don't detract from the vocals or the rest of the song
  6. JesseT
    Oct 11, 2003
    10
    This disc is excellent. Play it three times and you're hooked on every song.
  7. wackyman
    Jun 19, 2004
    9
    a little treasure, beautifully carved songs, with such a great feel, a cd that sets itself apart from everyday boredom, re-inventing the cool of rockmusic
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Frequently explodes with ideas. [Oct 2003, p.112]
  2. 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.
  3. Put Pretty Girls Make Graves on the short list of bands that matter and make sure you get this record.