Hear This: Pedro The Lion turned infidelity into a sneering indie rock kiss-off

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, as we regret the New Year’s resolutions we’ve already cast aside, we’re picking our favorite songs about broken promises.

Pedro The Lion, “Rehearsal” (2002)

Songs about being cheated on by a lover are plentiful. Songs in which the narrator is stepping out on a romantic partner are almost as common. Songs which involve marital unfaithfulness, however, are much rarer, usually limited to mournful country ballads or elegiac soul singers. And when it comes to indie rock, you can more or less forget about it. This dearth of crunchy guitars in the service of literate infidelity narratives is just one of the reasons why, when Pedro The Lion released Control in 2002, it felt like a goddamn revelation. A concept album from start to finish—back when Separation Sunday was still …

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