New Romance Import
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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...
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.
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."
Most recent customer reviews
Great musicians playing overly dramatic pretentious music. If you like bombast, and overly intellectualized emotion, then this is the band, and album, for you. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
I bought this record simply because I was intrigued by a band that would take it's name from the title of a Smiths song - nothing more. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Leif Sheppard
I stumbled upon this CD while looking through my favorite music store. Curious, I listened to the CD and was absoutly blown away. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by C. Apple
this is a lushly, powerfully beautiful album, quite similar in fact to the kerouac novel the name derives from. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Russell Marshalek
I stumbled apon Pretty Girl @ some on-line store offering quick mp3 downloads to incite me to buy the cds they sold. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by Corri
There is nothing really innovative about this album, and that's actually a high compliment. A refreshingly unpretentious, nonexperimental album that is remarkably enjoyable and... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by t-boogie
A terrific album that I've been listening to a lot, New Romance features a somewhat softer, more low-key sound from PGMG -- which is not to say that the band doesn't produce... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Nick M.
I am not a man who is easily impressed by a new group or artists first cd, that being said, Pretty girls make graves major album debut has gone beyond impressive. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Griffin Coldiron
Very listenable all the way through. Especially Holy Names, after each listen I like it more and more.Published on Nov. 10 2003