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Let Me Catch My Breath

Changing how they have once sounded, PGMG obviously make the effort to maintain their sound while still keeping some originality. The most unique track, for me, is the Nocturnal House with it's haunting melody and charming lyrics. Definately a buy.

Getting Better with Age

To start off, I have been a HUGE fan since I picked up their first E.P. in 2002 and their Good Health c.d. shortly thereafter. I fell into this album the same way I have every recent PGMG release... upon first listen, a feeling of having been let down because their last record(s) were so great. This has happened with both the New Romance AND Élan Vital for me. It's those second, third, fourth and so on listenings that it all begins to sink in. This is an INCREDIBLE band! Another thing... they do not have a new guitarist. They lost Nathan on guitar and gained Leona Marrs on keyboards. While I would agree that their sound has changed, this would have happened with or without these line-up changes. This band does not rest upon their laurels and insist upon giving their fans (and themselves) a fresh product each and every time. Love it or hate it, you have to respect a group of musicians unsatisfied with cranking out the same old song album after album after album. PGMG in my opinion, are probably the most important band since Nirvana. I have a feeling that the days of being able to see them perform at intimate venues are drawing to a close. And good for them. I wish them all the success in the world.

excellent progression

this album has recieved a lot of flack from different sources, but I feel it is a strong stepping stone for this band, and a damn fine sound. Even if you arent a big fan, (which I am by the way) you can still find heart in this album, so definately get it.


Formed: 2001 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Named for either the Smiths song or a line from Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, Seattle, WA's Pretty Girls Make Graves began touring the country only months after the Murder City Devils, which Derek Fudesco also played bass in, called it quits. During the summer of 2001, Fudesco started writing songs with friends Andrea Zollo (whom he played with in Death Wish Kids), ex-Bee Hive Vaults members Nathen Johnson and Nick DeWitt, plus Kill Sadie's Jason Clark. Their first release, a self-titled, four-song...
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