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New Romance

4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 9 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B0000ALWDN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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