Pete Yorn – Back & Fourth
July 3, 2009
Back & Fourth, New Jersey based singer/songwriter Pete Yorn’s first album in three years, was written and recorded entirely in Omaha, Nebraska, along with producer Mike Mogis, who has previously worked with Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley. The result is his trademark mix of country and rock with a distinctly 70’s flavor, a direction hinted at by the retro album cover. It’s the kind of relaxed, laid back album that grows on you, though the strongest material stands out immediately, tracks like the single, “Don’t Wanna Cry,” which is familiar territory for Yorn, but more so tracks like “Paradise Cove,” “Shotgun,” “Last Summer” and “Thinking Of You.” I haven’t really decided where exactly it fits in his body of work, but it’s a solid return for him at any rate. Yorn fans in particular should be very pleased.