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It's Hard to Find a Friend [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Pedro The Lion Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Jade Tree
  • ASIN: B00005O7SN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime - a towering acheivement 30 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is truly unbelievable. The simplicity of the melody belies a real complexity in the composition - the way Dave Bazan sets these lyrics to music has to be heard to be believed. Can be listened to no matter what mood the listener is in - a quality that few records possess. I'd have to say that "Of Minor Prophets and their Prostitute Wives", "When they really get to know you they will run" and "Promise" are the stand-out tracks for me; but the depth of this guy's spiritual experience is tangible from the moment "Play" is hit to the final soft beep of the CD player. Four to six weeks is a long time to wait, but for an album of such superlative quality, believe me, it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 20 Jan 2002
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I've heard that dave/pedro the lion was originally going to write childrens stories of that name, but then decided to channel his talents into music. And one thing that this recording demonstrates is his incredible story-telling talent. These lyrics are beautifully crafted, and then set to coaxing, compelling melodies. I find it hard to pick a favorite amoungst so many truely excellent songs - the longest winter is melancholy at its finest, big trucks catchy and lovely, and bad diary days a compelling tale of denial. This is one album i truely cannot live without.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This album is different from 'Winners never Quit' in that the rock element has been pared down to a whisper. The confessional nature of the lyrics tell the story of a love-lorn. religous man who is losing his grip and his faith. The perfect mellow album, but hard to find any happiness within.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this album 8 Jun 2002
By Kristen Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's Hard to Find a Friend (Made in Mexico, 1998 and Jade Tree, 2001), Pedro the Lion's first full-length album, is characterized by mature lyrics, sparse but well-crafted music and an overall sound that rivals any Emo album on the market. It's the sort of album that makes a great impression the first listen and doesn't cease to make you marvel in any of the next four hundred listens. I'll try to put my finger on the brilliance of this project to explain why I recommend it to just about everyone.
Pedro the Lion is basically a one-man band fronted by David Bazan, a Christian who writes from a refreshing perspective of broken humility. The first EP he recorded was released by Tooth & Nail Records but since then he has signed with secular labels and tours mostly in secular venues. I see as many non-Christians as Christians at Pedro the Lion shows in my area. This is simply because Bazan is one of the finest craftsman in the Emo/Lo-Fi genre of Rock music. He's not merely the safe, Christian alternative to some popular secular act.
The instrumentation on It's Hard to Find a Friend is very clean. On every track I can pick out each instrument (typically electric guitar, bass and drums) and follow along with it. The sparse music isn't necessarily slow, some songs have a noticeable punk influence, but it seems as if each chord, each stroke was thought through. Instead of bombarding listeners it provides the right amount of music, a true accompaniment to the lyrics.
After this album, Bazan begins to start writing thematic albums, but It's Hard to Find a Friend is about a variety of topics. "The Longer I Lay Here" is a confession of slothful ambivalence: "I would like to be you just for a few habit-forming years / laziness cuts me like fine cutlery / I need a miracle - someone to help me help myself." "Big Trucks," which may be Pedro the Lion's most popular tune, narrates a father teaching his son about patience and forgiveness with highway analogies. "Bad Diary Days" documents love going sour and "When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run" discusses the futility of our looks-oriented culture.
Sacred topics are also prominent on the album. "Of Minor Prophets and their Prostitute Wives" is a lyrical exploration of the first few chapters of Hosea. "I treated you as if you were a princess / you treated me like a cop / I gave you boundaries to save you from certain death / dangling from the end of a rope ... but you're still playing for a love you'll never find / outside these arms of mine / the whole town is one step behind you / with the hangman on call / they've got the judge and you're convicted without a plea / darling, they will listen to me." Similarly, "The Well" is a short account of John 4.
"Secret of the Easy Yoke" is a song about wrestling with faith and the Church. The refrain reveals a simple plea, "could someone please tell me the story of sinners ransomed from the fall? I still have never seen you, and some days I don't love you at all." The song fades out with Bazan softly singing "Peace, be still," the words Jesus used to calm the raging seas. The last song, "Promise," ends the album with a short, fast-moving confession of faith. "From what I've seen so far / I can't believe my eyes / and what a nice surprise / if I look up and the sky's not there / is there any reason that I should be scared? / But a promise, is a promise, I know."
It's Hard to Find a Friend unashamedly tackles relevant topics most Christian musicians would prefer avoiding. Bazan's honest portrayals of faith and life make this album a must-have for Christians and seekers alike.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 25 Feb 2002
By Sancho Perez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Possibly Pedro's most upbeat and hopeful cd packs an emotional wallop as he deals with the issues of faith, fullfilment, the progress of time, relationships and ghosts from his past. Few artists would have the courage to totally expose themself through their songs. Each song is deep and beautiful in its own way and David Bazan has an incredibily expressive voice. The songs seem to be created so effortlessly and have a natural grace. Bazan deals with his faith in a different way than most so called Christian groups, he does not preach. His music stresses a personal relationship with God, and the struggle it takes to have faith and believe. Songs like "The Secret of the Easy Yoke" and "The Well" deal with religious issues. "Promise" ends the cd with hopeful optimism and Pedro shows that he can rock. However, the other upbeat sounding songs "Big Trucks" and "When They Really Get to Know You...." are perhaps my favorite. However, they are all excellent and one can't help but sing along. Jade Tree did a good deed by re-releasing this classic. This is a must by for any indie music fan.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most underrated band in christian music today 8 Aug 1999
By Ana (lorv0001@tc.umn.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
judging from their reception at cornerstone 99, pedro is not the unknown band they once were. the show was packed out and their new ep sold out once again - just like last year at the same fest, the same tent...trying to get my hands on the ep was really hard to do! i searched from july of 98 till march of this year for this lp. and it was worth the search!
their style is minimalist, but their lyrics are so right on! songs like "big trucks" and "when they really get to know you they will run" go beyond the normal christian music fare.
they're not getting radio play, but they don't need it. they have a following all over this country...and news spreads by word of mouth.
another plus is, is if you write to them, they'll send you something back! (try and find out....) they aren't rock stars....they're pedro. and that's just darned irresistable...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crushingly beautiful every time 19 July 2001
By J. Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
David Bazan (and his "band") performs live in Chicago sometimes, and while his fans are often crazed, Bazan is anything but. "Does anybody... have any questions?" he'll mumble into his microphone, squinting into the dark.
And Bazan's music is no different. Always shy, low-key, often dismal, and sometimes wildly humorous, his simple melodies and spoken-word style lyrics never fail to leave listeners startled at their own rush of sympathy. It's Hard to Find a Friend chronicles Bazan's struggle to keep from backsliding into a past full of addictions when his own world -- and his most beloved -- seemed to be falling apart.
Harder than finding a friend, of course, is finding real *sincerity* and worth in today's indie rock scene, what with tongues perpetually in cheek and emotions permanently in check. Even so-called "emo" bands have contrived, phony words, and manufactured emotions sulk behind every riff.
David Bazan is a true contrast to those falsehoods. His music is straight-up folk, somehow belying a certain torment resting in its punk rock roots. And Bazan himself is a real blessing: while he IS world-wise, he is by no means world-WORN. Pedro the Lion's frontman leaves cynicism on the stoop; his songs are a testament to faith that the broken human spirit can heal, endure, and prevail.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lyrics 20 Oct 2001
By philster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first time you hear this, you may hate it, but keep trying. Pedro is not the most accessible band out there. In fact, I'd say that out of all the songs on here, the only ones that musically jumped out at me at first were "Promise", "Big Trucks", and "When They Really...". However, after about four listens, you'll remember all of these amazingly simple and amazingly catchy songs, and find yourself singing right along. And really, this isn't even about the music as much as the lyrics, which are beautiful. They're straightforward stories that offer hope and give a glimpse of God's love to our hurting world, yet they also have an authenticity that other artists usually don't convey, particularly other Christian artists. I highly reccomend tyring this album out, you'll fall in love.
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