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Album Review

It's slightly ironic that The Only Reason I Feel Secure, Pedro the Lion's quasi-concept EP about criticism, should be its most critic-proof. Brief and to the point, within this EP's five songs lie four of composer David Bazan's best, along with a traditional Christian song, "Be Thou My Vision." The sound of this EP certainly owes a debt to Sebadoh, especially the excellent "Criticism As Inspiration," which is sonically similar to Sebadoh's "Soul and Fire." The comparisons end there, though, as this EP proves that Pedro the Lion is a driving, emotional force of its own.


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

After a shifting lineup, Pedro the Lion finally eventually became a one-man outfit. That man is David Bazan. A Seattle native, Bazan cut his teeth playing in hardcore bands before forming Pedro in 1995, taking the band's name from a character he made up for a possible children's book. Under the moniker of Pedro the Lion, Bazan creates melodic pop in the vein of Bedhead, Hayden, and Sebadoh, with a lyrical focus on relationships — with both other people and God. Bazan also plays in the band...
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