The sad bit about reviewing an album is that a rating can never capture an album's intricate complexities. While Achilles Heel may be rocking the middle ground of my taste's sliding scale, I still think it should be listened to. Maybe there should be two ratings, one for the success and trueness of the artist's intention and another for how important the music is to listen to (at least once). Achilles Heel is a little rocky on the path to its mark. David Bazan strays from the narrative drive of his last two efforts, and that compromises these songs. Also, the alt-Christian aspects suffer from a lack of parable. But maybe this is Bazan (like Daniel) in the lion's den, testing himself and the faith of his listeners. Achilles Heel may be a stagger toward perfection, but it's closer than most ever come.
Pedro the Lion plays the Horseshoe tonight (Thursday, June 24).