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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|
|8. The Teeth Collector|
|9. Holy Names|
|10. The New Romance|
|11. This Is Our Emergency|
|12. A Certain Cemetery|
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
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