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There are few upbeat moments and no easy answers on Winners Never Quit, Pedro the Lion’s sophomore album. Singer/songwriter David Bazan—the band’s guiding force and now its sole member—explores mortality, shame, corruption, domestic violence, and a litany of other heavy topics in these tracks, hanging his sparse, plainspoken lyrics on a stripped-down indie rock framework built around his voice and guitar. The guilt-ridden characters within these songs serve to reveal Christian themes remarkable for their honesty and insight. Bazan confronts humanity’s fallen condition head-on, whether he’s skewering a slippery politician (“Simple Economics”), depicting a drunk’s confrontation with the law (“To Protect the Family Name”), or painting a murder scene in cold, telling detail (“Never Leave a Job Half Done”). The very meaning of salvation is questioned in “Eye on the Finish Line” and the title song, taking Bazan to the edge of unbelief. Ultimately, the Job-like questions posed here reveal a deep if troubled faith. By turns poignant, disturbing, and darkly humorous, Winners Never Quit is a remarkable achievement as well a powerful listening experience.

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David Bazan is amazing

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This amazing album is not a collection of songs about random characters, it's a chronological story about two brothers. One, a politician who's always "taken the straight and narrow," while the other was a drunk the politician is ashamed of. The album starts with a description of the brothers relationship, the second song describes the politician being desperate and down in the polls, so he ends up accepting a bribe. The brother gets pulled over drunk in the third track, the politicians wife finds out about the bribe in the fourth and threatens to expose him, and the confrontation leads to her death. In the fifth he attempts to hide the fact that his wife is dead, opening with, "blood stains on the carpet. Blood stains on my hands." He's in denial about what he did being wrong, and talks about moving the body and cleaning up the evidence. The sixth shows him realizing what's happened and deciding to kill himself, "I got my eye, on the finish line..." the seventh is the drunk brother describing the funeral.
But it is a story, and it's beautifully conceived vision is executed by David B alone.
This is a spectacular, simple, creative little book of an album. iTunes, if you need folks to write accurate descriptions, I have a vast knowledge of otherwise economically invaluable music trivia. But get it right.


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 Unwed...
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