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Artist: Pedro the Lion
Label: Big Scary Monsters / Polyvinyl Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 18 January 2019

Big Scary Monsters / Polyvinyl Records release David Bazan's (aka Pedro the Lion) new album, Phoenix. It's been 15 years since the last Pedro the Lion album, Achilles Heel, was released. Bazan has continued to record albums in the intervening years, but he decided to go back to his old way of song writing and resurrect Pedro the Lion. The lineup for Phoenix sees Bazan on bass, vocals, and arrangement writing, Erik Walters on guitar and backing vocals, and Sean Lane on drums...

Phoenix is a strong old school rock album with one foot rooted firmly in the past. While it has a timeless feel to it, I couldn't help feeling nostalgic... and I don't know why. 'Yellow Bike' is probably the biggest culprit for dragging my thoughts back to the '80s/'90s.

Over the course of this LP's 13 songs (45 min, 03 sec) Bazan delivers engaging track after track. It's hardly a surprise, he's been doing this for so long that he's pretty much mastered it at this point. From time to time I caught a slight vibe of Cheap Trick, which made me smile, as well as love the album more.

This is a release that's best heard from start to finish in the order the tracks are presented. There's no stand out rock style anthem, as such, just some great songwriting that gets better the more times you listen to it.

Old school rockers will totally fall in love with Phoenix.


Nick Smithson

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