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Control

Pedro The Lion

2002

Control
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Control is the third full-length album by Pedro the Lion. It was released on April 16, 2002 on Jade Tree Records. It is a concept album about a businessman who is having an extramarital affair, and his untimely death at the hands of his spurned wife. It covers such subject matter as infidelity, parenthood, greed, commercialism, vengeance, and fear of death. Pedro the Lion is an American indie rock band from Seattle, Washington, United States. David Bazan formed the band in 1995 and represented its main creative force, backed by a varying rotation of collaborating musicians. In 2006 Pedro the Lion was dissolved as Bazan went solo; Bazan reformed the band and resumed performing under the Pedro the Lion moniker in late 2017. Releasing five full-length albums and five EPs over 11 years, the band is known for its first person narrative lyrics with political and religious themes.

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Rating

2.93

Votes

75

Genres

  • Rock

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

To whoever posted this album: I appreciate seeing this on here greatly. It was on my shortlist for my submission as well. Truly one of the best records ever, and certainly the best of its genre. The best show I ever saw in my life was David at the Horseshoe in Toronto in 2006.

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Wed Sep 13 2023
2

Eh, drawn out indie. Don't hate it but I don't really like it. 2/5

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Sat Jan 20 2024
5

9/10. I thought this was really neat.

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Sat Feb 03 2024
5

That Seattle grunge sound is never far away. The rawness and darkness of this album is very intriguing. 'Magazine' and 'Second Best' are amazing, strong songs. Nice discovery!

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Sat Feb 03 2024
5

I was a little skeptical of this album if I am being honest. There is plenty of thoughtful 2000s indie type stuff on here. But honestly, the concept and execution is deserving of a spot.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

I love concept albums! This had a very early Death Cab for Cutie sound (musically, not vocals), which I dig. Makes sense since he has connections to the Seattle indie band scene. These lyrics hit HARD in the opening song: "But for now, I need you But it was only in my head Because no one ever says What they really mean to say When there's so much at stake So I told her I loved her And she told me she loved me And I mostly believed her And she mostly believed me" Oof, man. That hits hard.

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Sat Feb 03 2024
4

I quite liked this! Cool themes, good depressive backing, and I'm always a sucker for a concept album. Thanks for introducing me to something I wouldn't have likely found otherwise!

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Sun Nov 05 2023
3

kept thinking i was listening to the guy from coldplay.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
3

I get why this album was chosen, but it hasn’t clicked with me, yet. I will need a couple of more listens. However: Good album!

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Wed Jan 24 2024
3

J'ai aimé plus ca que je pensais meme si le genre était rock emo, j'ai trouvé ca bon et passer un bon moment pendant les 30 minutes. 3.85

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Thu Jan 25 2024
3

Whatever narrative and language live within Control, the album is utterly effective in its sadness. It's all a bit too real over 21st century America, inside indie. Which is a tricky container to define, however easy it is to sense. Geography can have a paradoxical bigness-smallness, and Control does, too, and the right way for a concept album. That is, the runtime does not bloat.

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Sat Feb 03 2024
3

Looks like I missed this one at the time. And it is pretty good actually. Thanks for sharing

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Wed Feb 07 2024
3

I believe I HAVE seen David Bazan live. Just him acoustic for the most part. Seems like he definitely has a cult of personality around him among folks. I think the folks who listened to Sufjan and Pedro the Lion were overlapping. Definitely had college roommates way into Pedro the Lion. I think he's okay. Just never got into it a ton. Not bad at all though.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
3

Very Pearl Jam-adjacent. Not bad!

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Mon Feb 19 2024
3

Nothing stood out for me here but could be the listening environment of work

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Mon Mar 04 2024
3

I couldn't get past the consistent downbeat tone of gloom. It needed some variety to move the down around. I could see myself being into it in some moods - but I wasn't in that mood yesterday.

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Mon Mar 18 2024
3

Pretty good. Songs are good but I don't love his voice, it has sort of a flat quality to it, reminiscent of Evan Dando. 3 stars.

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Thu Apr 11 2024
3

I've been somewhat willfully ignorant of this band ever since they seemed like another bland singer-songwriter addition to Polyvinyl Records' stellar lineup of artists. Joke's on me then – this was a super-surprising LP with some interesting songwriter takes on post-punk. While not wholly memorable, this album gave me some novel takes on the standard post-punk angular guitars meeting some softer, more abstruse vocals. I need to take a re-listen to collect some of my standout faves, but overall I was happy someone added this so I could stop being a contrarian and give this band a listen.

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Tue Apr 16 2024
3

This had quite some elements that a like. Could have been a bit more outspoken as the second half of the album not as exciting as the first. But all-in-all an enjoyable listen.

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Tue Apr 16 2024
3

This had a cool indie vibe with a lot of songs to enjoy! Kudos

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Sun Jan 14 2024
2

This was aight, I get Pearl Jam vibes from the lead vocalist

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Sat Jan 20 2024
2

I didn’t really like this. The album cover feels like a ripoff of The Downward Spiral and the vocals come across as extremely uninvested, even downright bored. 3/10

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