- Audio CD (Sept. 9 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Select Distributions
- ASIN: B0000ALWDN
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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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.
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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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The guitar work is very skillful as well as the Drumming, the instrumentation is well crafted and does not sound like other band, Andrea Zollo puts together words very well, and has a voice that is very easy on the ears, yet fitting for the type of rock that PGMG is putting through.
The New romance starts out strong with "something Bigger, Something Brighter", and keeps getting better, with tracks that are catchy yet don't get old fast, Medicated Geniuses is sure to be a hit , other songs that stand out especially are the title track , and "this is our emergency" .
I give my highest recomendation to this cd, to use a dumb cliq'ue if you only buy one cd this year, buy this one. Do yourself a favor and pick it up today.
The music is definitely new and has a lot of energy. The vocals are simply awesome! Its kind of funny, the music store i got this album from had the album rated as "hardcore/punk" and I simply don't see it. The music is fast at times and edgy (especially some of the lyrics) but is very accessible to those who aren't afraid of some crashing guitars and a thrashing sound at times. Check it out if you want to hear "whats next" and remember that there are other bands out of Seattle who have this sound as well such as Sleater Kinney (sorry if i got the spelling wrong).
Matador Records...does it again...
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