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New Romance [Import]

Pretty Girls Make Graves Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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8. The Teeth Collector
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10. The New Romance
11. This Is Our Emergency
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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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Pretty Girls Make Graves ~ New Romance

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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat stilted effort, yet doesn't disappoint May 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I was pleasantly amazed to find a uniquely composed, carefully written record that somehow manages to surpass most of their peers in intelligence. This isn't groudbreaking work - but it is enjoyable listening....especially when compared to the lackluster efforts of others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indie Rock With Style May 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled upon this CD while looking through my favorite music store. Curious, I listened to the CD and was absoutly blown away. The New Romance is something indie music has been lacking, and should grow in popularity over time. The songs are diverse and original, the lyrics beautiful and meaningful, all while the insturments keep a fast-paced rock sound. From the beautiful "Holy Names" to the rocked-out "Chemical, Chemical" this CD is not only memorable, but once you find it you will want to give it to everyone you know. I would compare it to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but with a little more grace. The New Romance is a CD that I would suggest to anyone and everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under The Stars March 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars some genius indeed March 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is a lushly, powerfully beautiful album, quite similar in fact to the kerouac novel the name derives from. a melodic, hauntingly, powerfully post-emo post-hardcore part-electronicpunk somethingorother...words and genre labels fail here. this is good stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definite Buy Feb. 22 2004
By Corri
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled apon Pretty Girl @ some on-line store offering quick mp3 downloads to incite me to buy the cds they sold. I fell in love with "All Medicated Geniusis" and I had to have the cd so I could rock it down the highway; everyone wondering what the hell I'm listening to...These guys are very unique and I recommend them to all my friends though they never listen because they have terrible music tastes. There's a little something different about the cd that i had to get used to first but after that, i loved it. Not love @ first sight but I still love the album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No need to reinvent the wheel Feb. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 consistent. The riffs are strong and catchy, the lyrics are solid and the vocals edgy. The music is somewhere between punk, emo, and garage rock. A great listen when you want some kick-ass straightahead rock and roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rocks well Jan. 30 2004
By Nick M.
Format:Audio CD
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 driving and intense, emotional rock music. A fine follow-up to their debut, The New Romance is definitely worth a buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is an emergency Jan. 25 2004
By Sam
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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