June 20, 2004
PEDRO THE LION [I]ACHILLES HEEL[/I] REVIEW
Sadcore indie singer-songwriter Pedro the Lion, also known as David Bazan, shifts from the somber gray tones of his previous outings to full-bodied pop. ``Achilles' Heel'' is filled with delicious melodies, cool buzzy guitar riffs and great tales.
This bigger, sweeter approach gives Bazan's gorgeous voice a sunny timbre that is utterly delightful. In the yearning ``A Simple Plan,'' he imagines a utopia where everyone gets a fair shot. When Bazan asks, ``Why not?'' it's a bittersweet reality check that doesn't nix the power of his delicate prayer.
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