Powered by Google
Home
Listings
Editors' Picks
News
Music
Movies
Food
Life
Arts + Books
Rec Room
Moonsigns
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Personals
Adult Personals
Classifieds
Adult Classifieds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
stuff@night
FNX Radio
Band Guide
MassWeb Printing
- - - - - - - - - - - -
About Us
Contact Us
Advertise With Us
Work For Us
Newsletter
RSS Feeds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Webmaster
Archives



sponsored links
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
PassionShop.com
Sex Toys - Adult  DVDs - Sexy  Lingerie


 
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 

Pedro the Lion
ACHILLES HEEL
(Jade Tree)

Born-again indie-rocker David Bazan (the key songwriter and only permanent member of Pedro the Lion) has crafted yet another morose album of despondent songs. Bazan, who is a devout Christian, doesnít preach a clean lifestyle or dedicate his music to his Savior: he writes songs that question and challenge his faith. He mentions both the Devil and the Lord on Achilles Heel, but thereís also plenty about drinking and carrying on.

Elliott Smith wrote some sad songs; so have Lou Barlow and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk. But Bazan takes despair a step farther with lyrics that deal in death, decay, and hopelessness. His voice comes out as a slow moan aching with misery. In "Transcontinental," a paralyzed man has his legs amputated. In the exquisite "I Do," a woman contemplates how her marriage has caused her to bury her dreams and live vicariously through her son. "Foregone Conclusions," the only thing close to an upbeat tune here, is nonetheless brought down by the sad undercurrent in Bazanís voice that seems bred in his very bones. What saves Pedro the Lion from being merely another outlet for emo-boy angst is Bazanís talent as a composer, and lyrics that cut deeper than simply bemoaning the loss of some girl with bangs and horn-rimmed eyeglasses. Despite the inescapable sadness of Achilles Heel, itís a lovely release.

(Pedro the Lion perform this Tuesday, June 22, downstairs at the Middle East, 480 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call 617-864-EAST.)

BY ADAM BREGMAN


Issue Date: June 18 - 24, 2004
Back to the Music table of contents
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 









about the phoenix |  advertising info |  Webmaster |  work for us
Copyright © 2005 Phoenix Media/Communications Group