Achilles' Heel

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All Music Guide - Charles Spano
Achilles' Heel, Pedro the Lion's fifth album, is a hallmark for the band, a culmination of their previous work, and -- upon its release -- their best album to date. Breaking down the linear narratives of The Only Reason I Feel Secure and Control into broader concepts and themes that rely far less on storytelling and more on topical personal politics turns out to be a winning approach. Walking through the emotional fray of America's suburban ennui, David Bazan and company have built a beautiful and wavering mix of indie rock and country-folk. Ester Drang keyboardist James McAlister is a shining addition to Bazan and longtime contributor T.W. Walsh, adding a syrupy keyboard...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Charles Spano
Achilles' Heel, Pedro the Lion's fifth album, is a hallmark for the band, a culmination of their previous work, and -- upon its release -- their best album to date. Breaking down the linear narratives of The Only Reason I Feel Secure and Control into broader concepts and themes that rely far less on storytelling and more on topical personal politics turns out to be a winning approach. Walking through the emotional fray of America's suburban ennui, David Bazan and company have built a beautiful and wavering mix of indie rock and country-folk. Ester Drang keyboardist James McAlister is a shining addition to Bazan and longtime contributor T.W. Walsh, adding a syrupy keyboard undercurrent to contrast Bazan's longing melodies and lyrics -- and the guitar work reaches new levels of uncharacteristic gritty rock on the venomous "Keep Swinging" don't expect it for more than one track, though. With some of the best songs of the band's career -- the classic, simple, country-tinged "Foregone Conclusions" and the lush, soaring "The Fleecing," for example -- Pedro the Lion cast themselves as a Neil Young for the tract homes and convenience stores, a middle-class hero for those caught in the mundane space between the McMansions and the nine-to-five grind. Bazan is a master of this stuff, delving through the routine and ordinary for every drop of melancholy and poetry. While lilting and humorless don't expect anything as fun as the Darkness here, these songs are like literature set to music, the indie rock counterpart to a novel like A.M. Homes' The Safety of Objects -- maybe a little tough to swallow or make it all the way through, but brilliantly rendered nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Jade Tree Records
  • UPC: 792258109528
  • Catalog Number: 1095
  • Sales rank: 156,967

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bands With Managers (3:46)
  2. 2 Foregone Conclusions (2:27)
  3. 3 The Fleecing (4:41)
  4. 4 Discretion (2:50)
  5. 5 Arizona (4:08)
  6. 6 Keep Swinging (2:53)
  7. 7 Transcontinental (2:38)
  8. 8 I Do (4:11)
  9. 9 A Simple Plan (3:41)
  10. 10 Start Without Me (3:11)
  11. 11 The Poison (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pedro the Lion Primary Artist
David Bazan Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Casey Foubert Guitar
Terry Walsh & 2 A.M. Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Drums
James McAlister Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Drums
TW Walsh Synthesizer, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
David Bazan Composer, Engineer
Jesse LeDoux Artwork
Terry Walsh & 2 A.M. Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Return of the King!

    First a complaint: most of the songs, specially the best ones, are not that distinguishable from each other---musically. Now the praise: still, every song is a further advance on the PTL sound. The distinctness, the originality still remains dominant. At times you hear base-lines reminiscent of the now trendy "NY sound", whole structures that reek "Buzz Bin" but its the fact these are integrated into the PTL sound that gives them such fresh air. And of course, lyrically PTL in untouchable. Lyrically the is the best PTL album. The unfortunate over-the-top Christian discourse of the earlier albums is now, as with 'Control', gone. In are darker, more reflective lyrics. Suicide, dismemberment, cowardnes, convinient "faith", unwanted children... life, gets masterfully treated 'Transatlantisism', 'I Do', 'Simple Plan' (all strung together) are smply the best you'll hear this year. You'll certaintly have a good laugh the next time you listen to commercial radio and hear what those TRL bands are sounding and singing about. Had the songs been mixed more distinguashible this would have been the perfect album.

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    Posted September 17, 2009

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