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Elan Vital [CD]

Pretty Girls Make Graves Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B000EAV73U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pretty Girls Make Graves Elan Vital

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4.0 out of 5 stars i quite liked it... 15 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
i've only been a fan of pretty girls for about a year and half, so maybe i found the side step easier to take than bigger fans. dont get me wrong, the new romance is one of my favourite albums, and as a guitarist myself, i find their guitar interplay astounding, and it has influenced the way i play. but i think this is a rather good album as well

i had read all the negative reviews, and the only other person i know who really likes them told me she didn't get the new album at all, so i was prepared to be let down. but it didnt really happen. they obviously have abandoned the sound they had before, which is maybe inevitable when you lose a guitarist and earn a lady with a keyboard, an accordian and a referees whistle.

the pyrite pedestal is quite a tune, with the quiet beginning and development into a military drum rhythm style, with zollos rich voice and strummed chords rather than the slicing guitar that im used to. and i love the firework sample on pearls on a plate, it fades across your ears with such beauty.

the album is very melodic, with songs like parade being more about a tuneful melody than anything else. this album isnt about a quiet verse loud chorus, its more about progression in the music and a mix of ideas, adding ideas almost spontaneously.

there are a lot of parts that my ears catch on, even on the number, which i wasnt terribly keen on initially. theres a lot in this album that excites me, and im looking forward to see how they interpret it at t in the park. its another of these cases where a band attempts to move on, and theres always going to be people who want more of what has gone before. make your own mind up i guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars moving 16 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
if pretty girls make graves had continued to write songs in the same vein as 'good health' i doubt they'd still be around. but after the rather lush sounding 'new romance' this album just flows perfectly out of a highly creative and most original band.

give it a few listens, noone sounds quite like this
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3.0 out of 5 stars eh!? I don't get it.... 28 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of pretty girls make graves. Their first two albums really rocked the joint. But I'm sorry to report that this album really doesn't add up. It just doesn't make much sense to me at all. There is none of that old magic which really made the other albums rock here!

instead they've gone for a really lazy, laid back style which doesn't hold yer interest. for example one song starts off with a crunchy rocking guitar riff, which sounds promising enough, but then it disappears and is replaced by a dull bass line and doesn't re-appear at all. They then get bored of the bass line and move on to something else at which point the song ends!! the whole album goes like that

The second guitar play has disappeared to! which means you don't get that cool guitar interplay sound which defined their other albums ( I reckon he was the talented one). They've replaced 2nd guitar with a keyboard player who, i kid u not, puts samples of fireworks in one song!! (I've said enough)

C'mon people! lets have a bit of structure/effort/balls. I heard that andrea's vocals are shot n' the doc said she had to cool it down, so I can only assume they are trying to change their direction or something.. But they are heading in the direction of Dido or goldfrapp or something bad like that.

I've listened to the album about 12 times now and can honestly say not a single one really sticks out in my mind.. What d'you guys think about it?

I hope they get their acts together and recover from this droop.

It's like Henry Rollins Said "If you aint gonna put 110% in don't even bother"
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Magnetic" 8 July 2006
By indie01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
At first, I didn't know what to think of this cd. I have loved PGMG since I heard "Speakers Push the Air" and the rest of Good Health. This cd is a departure from the straight up indie pop/rock that I have become comfortable with to a more artistic sound and it took me awhile to develop my opinion on it. I really like this cd. PGMG have developed their sound, which I believe has a lot to do with their new keyboardist (and you're really going to love when they sing harmony or duel together...it's great). I respect it when a band takes a chance and grows, which is what PGMG did.

Again, I didn't really care for this cd at first because I didn't know what to think of it. There really is no song you could point to and say "There is the single", where the other cd's had "Speakers Push the Air" and "All Medicated Geniuses". The cd doesn't really "rock" either. It just flows and you find yourself bobbing your head along without even realizing it.

The first track starts off with a whistle and a curious guitar riff. Later on, Andrea belts out one word that describes the whole cd: "Magnetic". After one listen, I wrote off the cd. Then I kept getting parts of the cd in my head, and here I am, giving it a 4/5.

"The Number" is probably my favorite song. It has a great breakdown near the middle of the song that just sounds amazing and breaks into a bass/drum showcase

The album is so different that when "Domino" comes up and Andrea asks "How do you like me, How do you like me now?" You can't help but think that maybe she's asking the listener the same thing.

"Selling the Wind" is a good song, but one can't help but think that it's very Decemberists-influenced.

This cd is best when listened straight through, but if I have to pick the best songs, they would be tracks 1-8 (except track 6...which is just an intermission type track). The end of the cd seems to fade a bit. If you listened to it and didn't like it, try once more. In fact, we should be happy that an indie-fav didn't just quit and make mainstream pop-sounding music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost scared to listen to their other albums... 26 Mar 2007
By Schenectandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...'cause of some of the bad reviews this is getting- I really like it! Some great jams emerge as the album winds its way through spooky-cool experimentation. The saccharin ending and useless male vocal tracks are my only gripes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just O.K. 2 May 2006
By kibblesthepig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My two favorite girl fronted bands put out new cds around the same time. While The Yeah Yeah Yeahs new more "mature" record is my favorite of theirs, Pretty Girls "Elan Vital" didn't fair as well (although how great will that ice cream cone look on a t-shirt). I've been a fan of PGMG from the beginning, and seen them live 3 or 4 times. Their album Good Health grabbed me, every song I loved, especially Sad Girls, Por Vida. The day their second album came out I was walking downtown in the rain to get my copy. It was less punk and more dance, but still awesome. This new record feels a world away from Good Health. Andrea gave up yelling, they lost a guitarist- and it makes a HUGE difference. It's not a bad record, it's just not the Pretty Girls I know and love. Tracks 3, 7 and 10 are great, and how come they waited till album #3 to let a dude sing? That track is awesome. Not sure which guy it is, but he has a very nice voice. So, maybe wait till ya have some extra cash or buy this one used.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 April 2006
By Atrox7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Since this was just released today, I have only listened to it once while at work with multiple interruptions from my co-workers. But if I could assign it 7 stars I would. Much more sonically diverse than the last album. It gives me hope once again for American music. (This will probably be all I listen to for a while.) All should buy it, all will dig it!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ouch!! hearing this hurt my feelings 28 April 2006
By robert s - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of pretty girls make graves. Their first two albums really rocked the joint. But I'm sorry to report that this album really doesn't add up. It just doesn't make much sense to me at all. There is none of that old magic which really made the other albums rock here!

instead they've gone for a really lazy, laid back style which doesn't hold yer interest. for example one song starts off with a crunchy rocking guitar riff, which sounds promising enough, but then it disappears and is replaced by a dull bass line and doesn't re-appear at all. They then get bored of the bass line and move on to something else at which point the song ends!! the whole album goes like that. Songs barely get going and then promptly end.

The second guitar play has disappeared to! which means you don't get that cool guitar interplay sound which defined their other albums ( I reckon he was the talented one). They've replaced 2nd guitar with a keyboard player who, i kid u not, puts samples of fireworks in one song!! (I've said enough)

C'mon people! lets have a bit of structure/effort/balls. I heard that andrea's vocals are shot n' the doc said she had to cool it down, so I can only assume they are trying to change their direction or something.. But they are heading in the direction of Dido or goldfrapp or something bad like that.

I've listened to the album about 12 times now and can honestly say not a single one really sticks out in my mind.. What d'you guys think about it?

I hope they get their acts together and recover from this droop.

It's like Henry Rollins Said "If you aint gonna put 110% in don't even bother"
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