June 17, 2004
PEDRO THE LION [I]ACHILLES HEEL[/I] REVIEW
David Bazan’s last outing as Pedro The Lion, â€˜Control’, was a conceptually-rich and emotionally-harrowing masterpiece, chronicling one man’s life, true love, betrayal and eventual death. â€˜Achilles’ Heel’ finds him with a slightly sunnier outlook, although those same themes remain intact, all the time underpinned by Bazan’s persistent questioning of his own Christianity. â€˜Keep Swinging’ is an upbeat number that recalls the work of the recently-reformed Sebadoh, whilst acoustic closer â€˜The Poison’ - lyrical documentation of an individual’s decent into alcoholism notwithstanding - ensures that as â€˜Achilles’ Heel’ fades to silence you’re more likely to be grinning than looking for something to open a vein with. Bazan will never sound truly happy on record, but here he’s as content as anyone could have hoped for, and all the healthier for it.
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