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Enemies
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Although many have been slow to notice, Pelé have carved a smooth, contoured niche of their own into the hulking massif of indie rock, and they've done it with their own distinctive sound. To date Pelé's maturation and evolving definition have provided an interesting soundtrack, and with their fifth studio album Enemies, they have scored a masterwork. Enemies is Pelé without doubt, but it's a Pelé that has indeed realized it. Having reached a new level of Pelé-ism, the drum/guitar/bass mainline has expanded to capture a larger picture. Wound tight with the caged restraint of the trio's toiling, Enemies is also laced with a Y2K update kit of samples and other electronic indulgences. The electro-garnish is well utilized and not abused, in fact sometimes the juice is a speck in the detail, but other times sections of songs are drenched with add-on elements. The opener "Crisis Win" and the segue on into the following "Safe Dolphin" are prime examples of a carnage-free matrimony between the traditional, analog Pelé and the new, tweaked Pelé. Times like the buzzing synthesizer melody of "Safe Dolphin" can be a bit awkward, but for the most part the revved up rock jam absorbs the sauce rather well.

There are assertively inspired moments such as the backwoods-by-way-of-Chicago instrumental charm of "Hooves", and there are also trips down memory lane to the time of The Nudes with the grinning, white-knuckle jazz cascades of "Hospital Sports" and forays into experimental computer coldness with "Super Hate". Take everything and mix it together and it is fair to say that Enemies is Pelé's finest hour. The album closes with the wicked seduction of "Cooking Light" and "Hummingbirds Eat" could be the most genuinely intense courtship between the picking guitar, the rousing bass and skittish drumming that I've heard on any of their releases to date.

There are moments throughout Enemies where Pelé's go-for-broke careening get the best of them, but they are seldom, sprinkled randomly across the eight tracks. By the time "Cooking Light" winds up and settles back down, Enemies will have taken the listener on an enjoyable carpet ride through the mazes of Pelé.

Reviewed by Lukas Shipman


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