User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Oct 4, 2004
    10
    Devastatingly Beautiful!!!! Spend a few listens alone with this album, and it will take you over...
  2. dorisd
    Jun 11, 2004
    9
    I've already listened to it more times then Bazan's other albums combined. A few of these songs are perfect; the rest are merely really good. Fine, two of them suck. But overall it's exceptional.
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Sep 17, 2004
    5
    The Lion's poorest album in the sense that it's the most forgettable. There are no standout tracks, no real stinkers either...just a blase collection of mid-tempo numbers without real choruses that blend together seamlessly because they all sound the same. Check out the folksy "It's Hard To Find A Friend" or the more rock-oriented "Control" if you're interested in The Lion's poorest album in the sense that it's the most forgettable. There are no standout tracks, no real stinkers either...just a blase collection of mid-tempo numbers without real choruses that blend together seamlessly because they all sound the same. Check out the folksy "It's Hard To Find A Friend" or the more rock-oriented "Control" if you're interested in hearing prime Pedro; "Achilees Heel" is for completists only. Expand
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. I'm not sure if it's the lack of a clear-cut conceptual idea or something else, but the 11 songs on the release just seem to plow along through waters that the group has already rowed many times before.
  2. Whether it's the lack of plot, insight, or collaborators, Achilles Heel also finds Bazan's music stuck in a room with no exits, with one loping distortion-pedal crawler after another.
  3. Alternative Press
    100
    A heartbreakingly brilliant album that unravels itself slowly if you just stop and listen. [Jul 2004, p.132]