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58th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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  • Audio CD (Sept. 9 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B0000ALWDN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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1. Something Bigger, Something Brighter
2. The Grandmother Wolf
3. Mr. Club
4. All Medicated Geniuses
5. Blue Lights
6. Chemical, Chemical
7. 7.
8. The Teeth Collector
9. Holy Names
10. The New Romance
11. This Is Our Emergency
12. A Certain Cemetery

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Seattle's supergroup follows their Dim Mak EP and Lookout album with this, their hotly anticipated Matador debut and Phil Ek produced time bomb. The band is a virtual Who's Who of recent Seattle rock history, with ex-members of Murder City Devils, Area 51, and Kill Sadie. "They recall a time when punk could be both highbrow and fun as hell"--Spin. "The notion that hard rock should be not only intellectually stimulating and structurally imaginative, but just plain fucking enjoyable, doubles as their theme and M.O."--CMJ.


On The New Romance, Pretty Girls Make Graves deliver a spiky form of post-punk indie rock intended to confound expectations. Continually breaking any groove they create, they rely on the jerky, piercing, intertwining guitars of Nathan Thelen and J Clark to snake their way into your consciousness. It doesn't really work--too often the music seems directionless and self-consciously arty. Of course, strong melodies might have saved the day, as they have with many of PGMG's north-western predecessors, but it's in this department that the band are most severely lacking, with only "Holy Names", "All Medicated Geniuses" and "A Certain Cemetery" being remotely memorable.

Indeed, the band only really impress with the juddering, piano-heavy pop rock of the closing "A Certain Cemetery", the only time they seem confident and conjure true spiritual power. Until that point you get the feeling that though they all want to be in a band they're not sure which one. The thought that Pretty Girls Make Graves feature an ex-member of Murder City Devils is naturally exciting--MCD were, after all, Seattle's finest export since the grunge revolution. Unfortunately, the member concerned is neither singer Spencer Moody nor keyboardist Leslie Hardy but bassist Derek Fudesco and PGMG are a world away from his illustrious former outfit. --Dominic Wills

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PGMG is one of my most favorite bands, and I new that, as soon as I heard "Good Health". And since I loved "Good Health" I thought the new, at the time, PGMG record couldn't be as fantastic as the last. But I bought "The New Romance" the day it came out and was completely taken away with how beautiful it was. "The New Romance" is not as cut throat or top of the lung as PGMG records before. But where those records are filled with the words of betrayal, giving up, or kicking down doors "The New Romance" is filled with passionate words and vocals that could signify the most gut pulling love letter. This record speaks volumes about love that no other artists could ever comprehend. But it doesn't become the redundant mindless ranting of records that are only about love, PGMG can convey those messages and also messages of that sinking feeling, loneliness, and perseverance. All I really want to say is this record is one of the best I have ever heard and it really has a well deserved place in my heart... It is really a record you should listen to under the stars.
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Format: Audio CD
Attention indie rockers, emo kids, punk rockers and all around hipsters. Pretty Girls make Graves has a new album. It's called, 'A New Romance' and it's from Matador Records. Be the envy of your friends and improve your coolness by being the first to know that, 'A New Romance' is amazing.
While PGMG is a relatively new group, they have quickly moved into the spotlight. Their first full-length album, 'Good Health' earned much critical acclaim and many comparisons to Fugazi and At the Drive-In. Needless to say, expectations for their second album are very high.
'A New Romance' is a little more polished and complex than its predecessor. This is apparent on the first single, 'This is our Emergency'. This song is very radio friendly, but it doesn't lose its razor sharp edge. Andrea Zollo's vocals are perfect for this song. As she sings, 'A thousand voices, are you listening?' she sounds both innocent and rebellious. Zollo definitely commands your attention
'Blue Lights' is also an album highlight. This song is very low-key in comparison to most PGMG songs. It mostly features Zollo's intense vocals combined with Derek Fudesco's driving bass line. The result is quiet, but also stylized and pulsating. It shows that PGMG are growing musically, but haven't forgotten their punk roots.
'The Teeth Collector' is a brilliant and raw punk song. This song is especially reminiscent of Fugazi with a melodic Go-Go's twist. This is where PGMG show that they are experienced musicians. As Zollo sings, 'Your words are cancer in my mouth' the rest of the band blends the hardcore shouts and zigzagging guitars perfectly into the song. 'The Teeth Collector' is one of the strongest tracks on the album.
'Mr. Club' is a synth and piano track.
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Okay, folks, last time. "Pretty Girls Make Graves" is NOT a Smiths reference. PGMG, like the Smiths, snatched the wordplay from Jack Kerouac's excellent novel "Dharma Bums." Check it out -- undoubtedly, you can get a copy on Amazon. But enough with the history lesson, onto the review.
I am a DJ in a college town, so needless to say, I hear more music than I can keep track of. "The New Romance" is undoubtedly one of the best releases this year. Taking what made their Lookout! release so impressive, yet and the same time refining and expanding it, PGMG knocked this one out of the park. Shimmering guitar, a rhythm section that really grooves, and flawless production. This is too raw to be pop, too beautiful to be punk, and too good to be ignored. Standout tracks include "Something Bigger, Something Brighter", "All Medicated Geniuses", "Holy Names", and "The New Romance". Give it a try -- you'll be impressed. Oh yeah, and forget about that Morrissey guy...
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On first listen, you think there's something missing. You're there, in your car, on the train, at the bar, home in bed, and the music's rolling over you like a blanket and you wonder, just what is this. The guitar lines, dancing with the keyboard, rolling with the bass, slapped around by the drums and bouyed by the singing drive into you like a needle to your brain. Pretty Girls Make Graves new album is affecting, infecting, reflecting and deflecting. It may take a couple listens to get past what you'd expect to hear - you'd think the power chord is always just around the corner, you think a choir should pop up in the mix - but when you fall, and start to listen to what's here, you find that this is the most intoxicating of all the indie albums you'll find this year. Sullen lyrics, vital singing, and maddening guitars. This is a great album.
For those who need comparisons: think bauhaus / smiths / liz phair / afghan whigs / sleater-kinney / bjork / and a bit of j. macis.
now go. buy the thing. you will be happy.
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I loved Good Health and thought that it showed amazing promise but nothing could have prepared me for their next effort. Quite simply I was blown away.
This album is virtuosic from its conception to execution. The lyrics are masterful with guitar patterns and flourishes that border on the genius, ranging from atmospheric such as the opener "Something Bigger Something Brighter", to the jarring "All Medicated Genuises" and still further on to the hypnotically pulsing beats of "Chemical, Chemical".
The lyrics are poetic and are not overshadowed by the accompaniment, though the album is solid in instrumental construction. The ingenius way the lyrics and music play off of each other eventually sunk in to me on "Blue Lights" about two minutes into the song, I realized it couldn't be a mistake, it couldn't be blind luck. These songs were all painstakingly crafted and performed and they should fall on ears that are as meticulously careful in listening.
I've never heard an album that flowed so perfectly from song to song. There is no filler here. Even the two incidental pieces that last no longer than a minute are completely necessary, to allow the ideal track flow to come full circle.
Every listen garners a new favorite song among all of the greats on here. That's the best part of listening to this album over and over again, to figure out what you'll notice next, what you as a listener can take in.
Overall an impressive effort and a substantial work that warrants appreciation. This group is bigger than genres and this album is greater than classifications, quite simply put "there's no point in explanation, if you don't know, then you won't know."
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