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Control

Pedro The Lion Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jade Tree
  • ASIN: B000063IUT
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars control 4 July 2002
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this is the first pedro album ive bought. After hearing descriptions of the music and hearing one track from this album i decided to go for it, and i have not been disapointed.
relaxed vocals throughout, sometimes sung over a hurricane of guitars but never without melody.
pedro are best at making tunes, good tunes that stick in your head all day, melodies and hooks that are so good you might ignore the lyrics. Once you take time to notice the words things change. Everything becomes very life like, and reminds you of your past relationships, dont worry, if the words are too dark just listen to the tunes. now... wheres that back cataloge?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Along with Winners never quit, I would rate this as probably Pedro the Lion's best album. Just like "Winners...", it pursues a devastating narrative through 10 beautifully crafted songs, raising themes of fidelity ("Options"), infidelity ("Rapture"), trashing the capitalist dream (most of the middle section of the album), then disillusion ("Second Best"), and ultimately a tragic crime of passion ("Priests and Paramedics"). It's pretty bleak but (just like the best movies), pretty compelling as well. If you liked "Winners", you'll love "Control" - and vice versa...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, (if not depressing) Record of 2002 17 April 2002
By Skyline 99 - Published on Amazon.com
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Again and again David Bazan and Pedro the Lion have produced some of the most memorable and thoughtful songs known to the world of indie rock.I had been counting down the days unitl this CD came out and personally it was one of my highlights for the month of April. Looking back, it's odd how I was looking forward to something so depressing. After hearing some of Pedro's new songs live in February, I couldn't wait to hear a "heavier" version of David Bazan and company. This observation holds true throughout the recording, from more use of electric guitars to more layering and synthesizer use. Without listening to the lyrics the first time I heard the songs, I could have sworn the songs seemed more upbeat. While it is an amazing recording, it is now hard not to listeing to the album without a conscience . As usual, Bazan uses his songs to tell a story. This time the tale revolves around a faltering marriage and the eventual outcome. Bazan spins out the lyrics of a businessman who is unfaithful to his wife and uncaring about his children. His wife has to put of with the childrens' obnoxiousness and her husband's drinking problem while secretly suspecting of his infidelity. No longer able to tolerate being second best, the wife finally resorts to one final desperate, desptrucive act. The final song "Rejoice" leaves the listener pondering the closing pessimistic message. Neverthess, Bazan's writing is incredible, and contributions from Casey Foubert, as well as TW Walsh and Aaron Sprinkle make "Control" an extremely solid album. Not only is the story told by a cold narration in third person that is scattered throughout the countless acts of mistrust and despair, but also through the minds of the husband and the wife. A prime example of this is "Options" (husband) and "Unoriginal" (wife.) Like a good novel, certain lyrcis in the song hint of things to come as well as give the album a dark, almost sinister underlying message. As in previous fashion, this album is not for everyone, and does contain a lot of adult content coupled with the overall theme of the story. Unfortunately, "Control" is like a double edged sword: listen to it while you're depressed and you might go over the edge; listen to it when you're happy and you'll probably get bummed. But in the end, this all doesn't matter. "Control" should be listened to, almost must be. Pedro the Lion has never kept any listener swimming in their comfort zone, and this is one of the reasons they are such an incredible band. Standout songs include "Options", "Penetration", "Magazine", and "Priests and Paramedics." Still, every song on "Control" is excellent, and hardly any of the lyrics seemed out of place when viewing the whole scope of the story. A highly recommended, if not depressing album, Pedro the Lion's "Control" is by far their best work to date and possibly the best album of 2002 so far.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Biased 8 April 2004
By Peter Swift - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a Pedro the Lion fan for many years, so I was bound to like this album a lot to begin with. I suppose that tarnishes any objectivity that I have, but I still have to include this album in my top ten.
The album tells the story of an unfaithful husband and a resentful wife and culminates in the murder of the husband by the wife. The story is quite sad, but it resonates home to just about any listener. The opening song, options, already shows the breaking down of the relationship and the following infidelity on track two (Rapture) gives us a voyeouristic view of the affair. The listener is given a bird's eye view of the entire situation - seeing it from both the husband's and the wife's and ultimately a third party seeing the situation from afar.
The lyrics aren't just emotional and moving, they're also very well crafted. The opening verse in "magazine" is simply a fantastic wordplay that goes from a very broad principle to a very specific situation. This song was definitely a standout on the album the first few times I listened to it.
Musically the album doesn't seem to be anything new or different, but it is definitely solid and enjoyable. Bazan's singing definitely stands out on the song "Second Best" (which, coincidentally, is my second favorite song on the album...) and the song seems to be taking Bazan's voice to another level - beyond his standard fare.
I feel no guilt in giving this album my full 5 stars and I heartily recommend it to anyone. The storytelling and the music is fantastic. If you like Pedro the Lion, I also recommend listening to Roadside Monument (with Jonathan Ford - formerly of Pedro the Lion), Damion Jurado (past collaborator), and Chris Staples solo work (of twothirtyeight).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Thinker 21 May 2006
By Adam E. Bensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I got this album about three years ago. When I first aquired it, I gave it a quick listen and then put it away for about 2 years. I pulled it out again and listened to it. I WAS BLOWN AWAY. I was on a long drive and I found myself getting extremely involved in the songs, the images, and the story Mr. Bazan told.

"Options" sets the mood for the album perfectly: an introduction, or backstory, to the affair between a husband and wife. "So I told her I love her. And she told me she loves me. And I mostly believed her. And she mostly believed me. But for now I need you..."

Then it happens. "Rapture" beautifully reveals the affair. "This is how we multiply. Pity that it's not my wife..." The imagery in this song is inspiring in so many ways.

Throughout the album you find yourself loving, hating, and hurting. My favorite song on the album, "Priests and Paramedics" is incredible. The melody and structural shape of the music is so simple yet so powerful. This album musically is also beautifully crafted and diverse.

Musically the album is an easy listen, but lyrically this album is one to think to. It's impossible not to find yourself becoming so involved in the album. You'll laugh, cry, and even find yourself in anger. This album demands emotion. This album deserves far more than 5 stars...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloomy in a good way 19 Jun 2002
By J. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First off, I was already a Pedro the Lion fan and was anxiously awaiting this album. Especially after hearing some of the songs live. So I'm not exactly a neutral party.
'Control' is by far the darkest PTL album to date. It really does sound sinister and lacks any of the light-hearted songs that earlier PTL albums had. It's supposed to be a concept album of sorts, dealing with love, infidelity and technology. It sounds pretty far fetched, but the 3 or 4 drawings in the liner notes spells out everything perfectly. Alcohol. Drone in Corporate America. Infidelity. Death.
With all that being said, every song on the album (with the possible exception of the closer 'Rejoice') has a good hook. It's just so darn bleak.
FYI: The original recording for this album was scrapped. During the live shows leading up to this album, 'Rapture' was called 'Millionaire' and had tongue-in-cheek lyrics about becoming rich. 'Second Best' had completely different lyrics and was about seeing the corporate therapist and dealing with workplace politics.
So overall:
Pros - Catchy, Great Lyrics, New Sound for PTL
Cons - Depressing, Impersonal Sounding
File Between: Palace and Promise Ring
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums out there 21 Jan 2003
By Hans Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First off, let me start this review by saying that I am a Christian and have a very real, intimite relationship with God. I say this because there have been a number of negative responses to this album by people who say they are Christian. David Bazan (frontman for Pedro) is a Christain artist, and yes, some of his songs are quite profane, at least on the surface. There's even a song on this album with chorus lyrics of: "Oh my sweet rapture, I hear Jesus calling me." This is all fine and well, except for the fact that these are the words exclaimed by an unfaithful husband in the middle a very explicit love affair. Many would read that as blasphemous. But if one understands the subtext of the album and the violent sarcasm of many of the songs, everything makes overwhelmingly beautiful sense. The disc needs to be listened to with an open ear and an alert mind. But enough about the meanings: I'll leave you to determine them for yourselves once you buy this phenomenal release. On to the musicianship. Many have criticized Bazan's vocals as monotonic, drab, and ultimately lifeless. For some songs this is true, however, on others it is not. He wails an absolutely crushing refrain on Second Best, for example. I personally love Bazan's vocal character. The sense of disconnect that it often lends to the songs fits perfectly with the form of the album and the meanings: the apathy in his voice is the apathy of humanity, surrounded by countless ills and vices, broken reltationships and broken people. Putting aside for a moment the emotional character of David's voice, let me say that sonically it is wonderful: pure and simple, yet rich and thick. The guitar work is absolutely wonderful: really fat and meaty crunch distortions, along with soaring and screaming lines. There is a beautiful range of technique and tempo, and the guitar parts fit the form of the song. The accompanying drums are also stellar: confident and sure-footed in the slower songs, and full and robust for the more upbeat numbers. One personal opinion of mine is that the cymbals are not used enough by drummers today: too often they are used to punctuate certain moments in music, when they need to be one of the driving forces. I love the cymbal playing on this album. It is almost brain-numbing at times, the way the drummer rides them. Throw in simple but melodic, quirky bass lines, and you have yourself one heck of a musical production. The parts blend seamlessly and yet surprisingly. Oh, and did I mention that the songwriting is absolutely phenomenal as well?? Simple and straightforward yet bone-cutting lyrics, wonderful musical form, and intelligent, sophisticated chord progressions and voicings. An absolute masterpiece. Do yourself a favor and buy it now, and remember the redemption undertones to all the depressing tracks.
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