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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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Pedro the Lion
It's Hard to Find a Friend
Made In Mexico Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Hmmm. Yeah, I'm pretty "hip." Word. So, uh, I guess this record came out a while ago.Like December or something. Shows how down with the kids I am, huh? So why the hell am I reviewing this record now? 'Cause it got me thinking, that's why.

Pedro the Lion is now a full functioning band but when this album was recorded it was just David Bazan with Jonathon Ford of Roadside Monument/Unwed Sailor filling in on bass. This record is very folksy, very singer-songwriter; stuff that I am not usually into.Pedro the Lion is making me a believer (well, I guess I do own some Sarah McLachlan records). Very honest sounding, very indie sounding, very stripped down. Most of the record is very slow paced but Bazan fails to bore for even a second. I got this record in the mail along with two others. I gave each of the others a spin and then dropped this sucker in ... it hasn't come out yet. I think I've probably listened to it straight through 10 times now. Most of these songs sound like love songs and Bazan's voice carries so much matter-of-fact feeling that he is one of the few people that, simply through a song, makes me believe he knows what he's talking about.

Song number seven, "When they really get to know you they will run." is my pick from this disc. I can't stop singing along "...Put on whatever makes you attractive..." and I swear the opening guitar chords of "Of minor prophets and their prostitute wives" are the same as those from the Meat Puppets' "Lake of Fire." Another thing that puzzles me is Bazan's voice. It sounds v*e*r*y familiar, but I can't quite pin it down. At times, especially during some of the more melancholy lyrics, it sounds remarkably like Chris Brady of Pond. Another great thing about this record is that it is relatively long, at 43 minutes, which is a relief in this year's barrage of EPs.

Babble aside, Pedro the Lion get a HUGE thumbs up from me. And I should point out that it was another party all together, not Pedro the Lion, who proclaimed them Christian rock.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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