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Pretty Girls Make Graves
Good Health
Lookout! Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
That Pretty Girls Make Graves haven't been compared to Milemarker, at least that I've seen, is a bit surprising. While the music only bears marginal similarities, the vocal stylings of Andrea Zollo parallel those of Roby Newton, a form which serve both bands remarkably well. Although the likenesses of the two bands' sounds can never really be entirely dialed in, they can never be entirely dismissed either, because as soon as you do a track like "Ghosts In the Radio" sneaks up and reminds you all over again.

But, for the most part, Pretty Girls Make Graves establish themselves with their own style that is neither here nor there. It smacks of the standard fare- drum fills placed just so, the guitars lined up just right- it also tosses in some of the right elements to make it hip circa now. There is an electronic interlude in the position of the fifth track that blends seamlessly with the end of "The Get A Way" [sic] and synthesizers and programmed beats reappear just in time to salvage the desperate "Bring It On Golden Pond" which, despite having a kick-ass name, is easily one of the worst of the bunch.

"Speakers Push the Air" is a good move for the pole position, as it is easily the standout track and consequently the album's single. It's followed up by one of the few letdowns, "If You Hate Your Friends, You're Not Alone" but from there on out the waters are, at worst, choppy. They try to ape At the Drive-In without much reason, save for perhaps satisfying the claim to common ground that is boasted ALL OVER THE PRESS SHEET, most noticeably on songs like "More Sweet Soul."

Not something I expected to really latch on to, Good Health is a fairly competent amalgamation of the modern rock climate, without being the obvious soup du jour. The main selling points, aside from Zollo's sexy vocal appeal, are the revved-up and spiraling guitars pushed high in the mix above a succinct low end. All in all it works well enough to vouch for itself without the need of mentioning the band's pedigree or the fact that the album is produced by Phil Ek.

Reviewed by Clifton Gates
Currently sleeping on beaches in Costa Rica, Clifton Gates is an occasional contributor, editor, idea springboard and moral crutch to LAS magazine.

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