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Good Health

Pretty Girls Make Graves Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Speakers Push The Air
2. If You Hate Your Friends, You're Not Alone
3. Sad Girls Por Vida
4. The Get A Way
5. Untitled
6. More Sweet Soul
7. Ghosts In The Radio
8. Bring It On Golden Pond
9. By The Throat

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If you combined all of the prior musical experience of Seattle outfit Pretty Girls Make Graves into a single person, you'd have, well, a really old guy. The thing about it is, all that musicianship comes through, even though Pretty Girls Make Graves play the sort of bouncy, poppy, energetic not-quite-punk that isn't usually associated with stellar musicianship. The deceptively simple song construction and hooky melodies cover a startling truth: Pretty Girls Make Graves kick butt as musicians. That raises the level of their material from a bunch of pleasant songs to a collection of tight, ear-catching music that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the High Fidelity soundtrack. It's a little too pretty to be punk, a little too raw to be pop, and a little too elegantly constructed to be rock & roll. And that makes it just about perfect. --Genevieve Williams

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"Good Health" is the debut CD from this band, and there are more than a few good reasons for the buzz you are already hearing about them. An impressive pedigree (members of Murder City Devils, Death Wish Kids, Beehive Vaults, Kill Sadie), a live show embodying the honesty and intensity at the heart of punk rock, and a sound defying any limiting definitions you have for hardcore and emo are just a few of those reasons. Active for only a year, they have already garnered an impressive following. Singer Andrea Zollo's vocals and lyrics will soon have you filing her right next to Exene Cervenka and Penelope Houston as powerful and vital singers. Musically, the band explores territories similar to Fugazi, At the Drive In, and Sleater-Kinney.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great punk record Sept. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'll go ahead and get this out of the way right now. Girls singing punk are hot, and Andrea ranks with the hottest of them. Her charismatic and energetic vocals are tough to resist, and her presence is a large part of what drives the album. Fortunately, all hotness aside, this record still manages to cram more kickin guitar and vocal hooks into a less than 30-minute CD than should even be possible, and keeps them coming fast and furious throught the duration of the record, make the whole thing one heck of a fun ride. Granted, there's little here that hasn't been done before, but the energy and quality that is apparent here more than makes up for some similarities to other bands. Many will call this band a shameless rip-off of At the Drive-In or Les Savy Fav, and they may even be right, but good music is good music. It's best to just forget your pretenses and enjoy Good Health as the best At the Drive-In record of 2002. Or if you want to give them a label critic-style, you can say that they're "the next At the Drive-In", but it's all pretty irrelevant--Good Health is a fun album that rocks hard, and although it's a little too short, every minute is captivating. It's well worth buying for anyone looking for that great rarity in music nowadays--a good punk band. And the fact that Andrea's vocal performance transcends hotness doesn't hurt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars they're even better live June 27 2003
By Sam
Format:Audio CD
Legendary. That isn't a word that is used often, especially with today's music. Everyone sounds like someone else. This often leads to fame, glory and big bucks, but it also leads to being forgotten. These cookie-cutter sounds are certainly not legendary. There are, however, a few groups that may be heading toward legendary status and Pretty Girls Make Graves is one of them.
It's a long drive to Lawrence. Along the way I had time to think. I was mostly hoping that this 'legendary' band lived up to the hype. There is a lot of buildup surrounding the Pretty Girls. You see P.G.M.G. are somewhat of a supergroup. It features various members of Kill Sadie, Deathwish Kids and the beloved Murder City Devils. This will be hard to live up to.
Pretty Girls Make Graves definitely live up to the hype. With their backgrounds, they even surpass it. They are taking their experiences from different bands to form a very cohesive and stellar whole.
P.G.M.G. started their set with the first song off the album 'Good Health'. The song, 'Speakers Push the Air' is about the music that changes your life. Even though the song was performed brilliantly, I was a little disappointed. I thought this meant that they were going to hustle through every song in the order of the album and then call it a night.
This fear was unfounded. They launched into 'Chemical, Chemical' a song off of their upcoming album, 'A New Romance'. This song was musically complex and the lyrics were electric. All I could think at this point was that the new album will be exceptional.
As the night went on, Pretty Girls Make Graves played more songs off of their current album. ' More Sweet Soul' was an audience favorite. 'If you hate your friends, your not Alone' inspired some thrashing and head bobs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh say can I see a record that just right for me Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Whoa, this is a pretty damn good record think about it for a few minutes, Lookout has probably only realesed two or three good records this millenium (don't argue this you know I'm right the Pattern suck ass) and this is one of them. Let me tell you this there so much rock in this, not copy cat rock that so many kids are clammering up to these days, but true creative rock and roll plus much more. You reall can't pigeonhole this one it is truly a many sided record, just you gotta hear it. The lyrics are fantastic and the girl singer looks pretty good too! No joke and that is always a plus when one member of a said band is easy on the eye you know we all get bored of watching sweaty dudes on the stage. It gots female lyrics and this gal know how to sing to intice goodness it is a good record, so if it is female and it isn't rap I am okay with it. --> MIC!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The energy is endless March 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Expressing my praise and love for this record is very hard to do in an amazon.com review. What I can say, however, is that this record is just what I love about punk rock that is intelligent, well composed, well played, and full of f*cking energy. Every song is crammed with more shout along choruses, guitar hooks, and such energy that I didn't think was possible for a 'punk' record these days. It has been in my car since I got it and has gotten about 30 spins where I never have to skip a song. Andrea's vocal performance is really outstanding, whereas if a male was fronting this band it would just not be as powerful. I guarantee you will be singing along to every song, if you are not you surely are lifeless. Therefore, if you are looking for a record in today's mostly stagnant genre that will make you believe again, look no further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally I'm not alone! Oct. 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, I hate my "friends" too. This is punk for "people with nothing in their eyes" or destructively nihilistic tendencies. It honestly sounds like Exene Cervenka fronting At the Drive-In. Or something. Anyway, "Speakers Push the Air" is up there with my favorite songs this year. "Sad Girls Por Vida," "The Get Away," "Ghosts in the Radio," and, my personal second-place favorite, "By the Throat" all carry similar potential. The album as a whole could have been more powerful, farther out, the lyrics need just a little work, and it's only 27 minutes! That's not enough, even for a punk debut. Especially when the music is this good. Top 20 of 2002.
Any band with a name from Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums" has to be worth it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars .
yay,this is one great album,not. i bought this cause they were comin to town with the alkie trio and i wanted to check em out cause shows are always more fun when you know what... Read more
Published on March 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This is where its at
Is it just me or does Matador kinda remind you of that big amorphous blob that merges with everything at the end of Akira. What's with them snatching up all of my favorite bands. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by Matthew Gross
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that original...buy "at the drive-in" instead
I don't mind this cd, but i have to give it a 3 because i hate listening to bands that sound like other bands. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing cd, GET IT!
fantastic and fun with awesome melodic female vocals. people compare them to at the drive-in, but i think i like this disc more than any atdi stuff (as blasphemous as that may... Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by Andrew W. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars kickin
this band kicks so much arse! i bought this cd because the guy from murder city devils is in the band and they rock also... Read more
Published on March 29 2003 by lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Mom & Dad's At The Drive-In
PGMG gets unfairly compared to At The Drive-In, but only so because their frenetic sound often veers on the brink of losing control - only to be reeled back in with a killer vocal... Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by The Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Go-Go's of Punk!
"Pretty Girls Make Graves" are pop female vocals and punk guitar-work to a new-wave beat. It worked for Blondie during the 80's, so why not now? Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Andrew Shih
5.0 out of 5 stars like whoah, only better and not cliched
Back when I heard this in May, it just totally blew me away. Speakers Push the Air is just amazing. I don't think that there has been any better song about music. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2003 by Sonja
3.0 out of 5 stars three and a half star album
If the scale would allow me to I would give this album three and a half stars, but it doesn't so I just wrote it in the title of the review. I hope no one minds. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003 by Arilitt
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