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Pedal Steel Transmission

"The Angel of the Squared Circle" CD

Cardboard Sangria Records

Genres: country rock, indie rock, indie pop

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Dec 15 - 21 2003

The Angel of the Squared Circle is another fine release from these four Western-influenced boys from Chicago.  And although they still live up to their name, PST has taken their country leanings down a notch for their third album, and instead opt for a truer rock format, characterized by epic song structure and solid lead guitar.  Despite their faith in rock, however, the band has still managed to come up with a real mish-mash of styles and genres on The Angel of the Squared Circle.

The songwriting is what truly holds this album together, even though it is eclectic in tastes.  Epic opener "Waiting," as an example, is pure Mexican rock [leading to an explosive climax], whereas "Maritime Glare" is refreshing indie pop that borders on space rock.  "Gilman Report," meanwhile, touches on math rock and "Balonette" is the nine minute country and folk tinged finale.

The third chapter in Pedal Steel Transmission's discography is complete, and it exceeds expectations.  I can't see why anyone could possibly dislike The Angel of the Squared Circle - it is one of the most infectious, moving, and beautiful records to come out this year.  And that's a big statement to make halfway through December.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]