15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the onset, New Jersey-bred singer-songwriter Pete Yorn has sounded remarkably confident and assured. Partly, this is a result of smartly picking experienced producers who provide him with a seamless web of sound, but it’s also a reflection of Yorn’s intense study of classic rock moves. His cover here of Warren Zevon’s “Splendid Isolation” sounds as if the tune had been written specifically for Yorn, as he often sounds completely torn between a desire to express himself and a sincere wish to make the world go away. This emotional tug-of-war informs his best tunes (and vocals that often recall Eddie Vedder in the quavering intensity). The chilling melancholy of the gorgeous “Ice Age,” the swooping pop collaboration with the Dixie Chicks for “The Man” and the gripping downcast shadows of “Maybe I’m Right” and “Broken Bottle” are among Yorn’s best work to date. “Vampyre” opens things with an echo-ey weirdness that signals the dark ride ahead. “For Us” suggests Yorn has an arena rock future should he find his way out of the singer-songwriter closet where he often tucks his artistic head.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the onset, New Jersey-bred singer-songwriter Pete Yorn has sounded remarkably confident and assured. Partly, this is a result of smartly picking experienced producers who provide him with a seamless web of sound, but it’s also a reflection of Yorn’s intense study of classic rock moves. His cover here of Warren Zevon’s “Splendid Isolation” sounds as if the tune had been written specifically for Yorn, as he often sounds completely torn between a desire to express himself and a sincere wish to make the world go away. This emotional tug-of-war informs his best tunes (and vocals that often recall Eddie Vedder in the quavering intensity). The chilling melancholy of the gorgeous “Ice Age,” the swooping pop collaboration with the Dixie Chicks for “The Man” and the gripping downcast shadows of “Maybe I’m Right” and “Broken Bottle” are among Yorn’s best work to date. “Vampyre” opens things with an echo-ey weirdness that signals the dark ride ahead. “For Us” suggests Yorn has an arena rock future should he find his way out of the singer-songwriter closet where he often tucks his artistic head.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

music_geek07 ,

Can't believe this...this is his best record!

Dear iTunes listener:
If you happen to fall upon this record, dear music lover BUY it! It's full of great songs that remind me of listening to great records on my parents' stereo. A standout track is "Mabye I'm Right" because of it's full sound (the 30 second sample does no justice whatsoever) and different quality that he manages to make while still being him. "Splendid Isolation" is another song that can create feels of Johnny Cash at his best hence "I want to live alone in the desert, I want to be like Georgia O'Keefe, I want to live on the Upper East side and never go done in the streets..."

Anthony the Rockstar ,

Pure Alternative Rock!!

Undercover is the only good
song by Pete Yorn!!

And as well I've heard Bleu
& Pete Yorn from the Spider-
Man Soundtrack, which contains
their famous hits are Somebody Else
& Undercover by these 2 different artists and very good songs!!

DBCinCA ,

Mostly awesome music

There are about 3-4 songs on this album that could be cut to make it a perfect, 5-star album. So, let's focus on the positive. I so enjoyed both Pete Yorn albums that came before this that I was prepared to be disappointed when it came out. It's now my favorite of his albums, despite the few weak tracks. The top all-out rock songs are "For Us," "Undercover" and "Maybe I'm Right" - followed closely by "Alive" and "How Do You Go On?" On the quieter side, "The Man," "Ice Age," and "Broken Bottle" are all solid tunes, and the Lou Reed cover - "Splendid Isolation" - is… splendid. If you're a PY fan and don't have this one, get it, and if you're new to Pete Yorn, this is a fine place to start. It makes a fitting end to his opening trilogy of albums as it were - "musicforthemorningafter" and "Day I Forgot" having come first. (Get it? Morning, Day, Night).

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