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
  1. BrandanC
    Aug 13, 2005
  2. JesseT
    Oct 11, 2003
    This disc is excellent. Play it three times and you're hooked on every song.
  3. DrunkenMaster
    Jan 12, 2005
    "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. Expand
  4. wackyman
    Jun 19, 2004
    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 Expand
  5. TheLoveofDerekFudesco
    Feb 24, 2005
    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! Expand
  6. BenD
    Sep 24, 2005
    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 Collapse
  7. MisterRoboto
    Feb 9, 2005
    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. Expand