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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Jade Tree
  • ASIN: B00005O7SN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Remixed, remastered and repackaged with a brand new layout and lyrics for the 1st time according to David Bazan's specifications.

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I recommend this to anyone who loves good music.
homer@spu.edu
Each song is deep and beautiful in its own way and David Bazan has an incredibily expressive voice.
Sancho Perez
And really, this isn't even about the music as much as the lyrics, which are beautiful.
philster

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Stewart VINE VOICE on June 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's Hard to Find a Friend (Made in Mexico, 1998 and Jade Tree, 2001), Pedro the Lion's first full-length album, is characterized by mature lyrics, sparse but well-crafted music and an overall sound that rivals any Emo album on the market. It's the sort of album that makes a great impression the first listen and doesn't cease to make you marvel in any of the next four hundred listens. I'll try to put my finger on the brilliance of this project to explain why I recommend it to just about everyone.
Pedro the Lion is basically a one-man band fronted by David Bazan, a Christian who writes from a refreshing perspective of broken humility. The first EP he recorded was released by Tooth & Nail Records but since then he has signed with secular labels and tours mostly in secular venues. I see as many non-Christians as Christians at Pedro the Lion shows in my area. This is simply because Bazan is one of the finest craftsman in the Emo/Lo-Fi genre of Rock music. He's not merely the safe, Christian alternative to some popular secular act.
The instrumentation on It's Hard to Find a Friend is very clean. On every track I can pick out each instrument (typically electric guitar, bass and drums) and follow along with it. The sparse music isn't necessarily slow, some songs have a noticeable punk influence, but it seems as if each chord, each stroke was thought through. Instead of bombarding listeners it provides the right amount of music, a true accompaniment to the lyrics.
After this album, Bazan begins to start writing thematic albums, but It's Hard to Find a Friend is about a variety of topics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sancho Perez on February 25, 2002
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Possibly Pedro's most upbeat and hopeful cd packs an emotional wallop as he deals with the issues of faith, fullfilment, the progress of time, relationships and ghosts from his past. Few artists would have the courage to totally expose themself through their songs. Each song is deep and beautiful in its own way and David Bazan has an incredibily expressive voice. The songs seem to be created so effortlessly and have a natural grace. Bazan deals with his faith in a different way than most so called Christian groups, he does not preach. His music stresses a personal relationship with God, and the struggle it takes to have faith and believe. Songs like "The Secret of the Easy Yoke" and "The Well" deal with religious issues. "Promise" ends the cd with hopeful optimism and Pedro shows that he can rock. However, the other upbeat sounding songs "Big Trucks" and "When They Really Get to Know You...." are perhaps my favorite. However, they are all excellent and one can't help but sing along. Jade Tree did a good deed by re-releasing this classic. This is a must by for any indie music fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Frank on July 18, 2001
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David Bazan (and his "band") performs live in Chicago sometimes, and while his fans are often crazed, Bazan is anything but. "Does anybody... have any questions?" he'll mumble into his microphone, squinting into the dark.
And Bazan's music is no different. Always shy, low-key, often dismal, and sometimes wildly humorous, his simple melodies and spoken-word style lyrics never fail to leave listeners startled at their own rush of sympathy. It's Hard to Find a Friend chronicles Bazan's struggle to keep from backsliding into a past full of addictions when his own world -- and his most beloved -- seemed to be falling apart.
Harder than finding a friend, of course, is finding real *sincerity* and worth in today's indie rock scene, what with tongues perpetually in cheek and emotions permanently in check. Even so-called "emo" bands have contrived, phony words, and manufactured emotions sulk behind every riff.
David Bazan is a true contrast to those falsehoods. His music is straight-up folk, somehow belying a certain torment resting in its punk rock roots. And Bazan himself is a real blessing: while he IS world-wise, he is by no means world-WORN. Pedro the Lion's frontman leaves cynicism on the stoop; his songs are a testament to faith that the broken human spirit can heal, endure, and prevail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By philster on October 20, 2001
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The first time you hear this, you may hate it, but keep trying. Pedro is not the most accessible band out there. In fact, I'd say that out of all the songs on here, the only ones that musically jumped out at me at first were "Promise", "Big Trucks", and "When They Really...". However, after about four listens, you'll remember all of these amazingly simple and amazingly catchy songs, and find yourself singing right along. And really, this isn't even about the music as much as the lyrics, which are beautiful. They're straightforward stories that offer hope and give a glimpse of God's love to our hurting world, yet they also have an authenticity that other artists usually don't convey, particularly other Christian artists. I highly reccomend tyring this album out, you'll fall in love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Fell on April 25, 2002
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This CD took a long time to grow on me, but once it caught on, it really hasn't left my CD player for more than a day or so. I can listen to this CD over and over and never get tired of it; I believe I listened to it ten times straight once and still had a deep emotional reaction from the music each time. I am a non-denominational born-again Christian, and this album is what I've been looking for: honest, realistic, truthful music which discusses the struggles and doubt which we all experience as Christians. Music by many Christian artists is frequently of very low quality both lyrically and musically, giving "Christian music" as a whole a very bad name; musicians who are Christian (such as myself) truly dislike that. I sure hope Pedro doesn't get pigeonholed into that genre and written off. Unlike other Christian artists who only talk about the happy parts of the Christian life in a misguided attempt to convert other people to Christ, Pedro the Lion sings about the things we all experience in our lives, yet manages to point the listener towards the goodness Christ, especially on the last song. However, this album still can and should be appreciated by non-religiously oriented folks, due to the fact that it doesn't ram religion or spirituality down the throat of the listener--it just makes it clear that the singer does indeed believe in Christ, and he is not afraid to say that.The highlights of this CD are...well, every song actually, because each one is very powerful and moving in its own way. It truly is hard to pick a standout track, so I will not even attempt to. The music on this CD isn't exceptionally intricate or innovative, but it is a perfect backdrop to set the mood for the thoughtful and moving lyrics of each song. I have reccomended this CD to all of my friends, both Christian and not, and I cannot state with my limited vocabulary how impressive this CD is.
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