It's slightly ironic that The Only Reason I Feel Secure, Pedro the Lion's quasi-concept EP about criticism, should be its most critic-proof. Brief and to the point, within this EP's five songs lie four of composer David Bazan's best, along with a traditional Christian song, "Be Thou My Vision." The sound of this EP certainly owes a debt to Sebadoh, especially the excellent "Criticism As Inspiration," which is sonically similar to Sebadoh's "Soul and Fire." The comparisons end there, though, as this EP proves that Pedro the Lion is a driving, emotional force of its own.
AllMusic Review by Josh Modell