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.