Music Review: Pete Yorn, Back & Forth

Music Review: Pete Yorn, Back & Forth

Pete Yorn – Back & Fourth: Back in 2001, Music for the Morning After was Yorn’s hot debut that scored him a hit with the lead off track, “Strange Condition.” Morning After was unique as it mingled coffeehouse aspirations with upbeat indie-pop. Since then Yorn has been in a slump, trading the eccentricities that made […]


Pete Yorn – Back & Fourth: Back in 2001, Music for the Morning After was Yorn’s hot debut that scored him a hit with the lead off track, “Strange Condition.” Morning After was unique as it mingled coffeehouse aspirations with upbeat indie-pop. Since then Yorn has been in a slump, trading the eccentricities that made him unique for a sparser sound; but it has failed to inspire and the success of his debut continues to haunt him.

With help from Rick Rubin and Bright Eye’s producer Mike Mogis, they have brought back the experimentation with a grass roots approach that fits his style perfectly. Opening with the delicate “Don’t Wanna Cry,” Yorn plays the broken-hearted lover over plucked mandolin and soulful horns. Meanwhile, “Social Development Dance” and “Last Summer” has a little more romp in them offering up some of his catchiest choruses to date. On Back & Forth, Yorn has grown as an artist and he takes tons of chances, which is musically soulful and gorgeously varied for a folk-pop record.

At this point in his career, he may not enjoy mainstream success but fans of his work will surely love this disc and for those who gave up, Back & Forth makes up for the lost time. (Columbia)