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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B002154328
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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1. Don't Wanna Cry
2. Paradise Cove
3. Close
4. Social Development Dance
5. Shotgun
6. Last Summer
7. Thinking Of You
8. Country
9. Four Years
10. Long Time Nothing New

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Back And Fourth marks a new musical chapter in which Yorn has taken a different approach to writing and recording with stunning results. Back and Fourth follows Yorn's first three albums, which he considers a trilogy, and is his first album in three years. Yorn wrote all 10 songs on Back and Fourth and recorded the album in Omaha, NE, with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley). Columbia's co-chairman Rick Rubin helped guide the project from its earliest demo stages to final mastering. 10 tracks.

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I guess art (music) is a pretty subjective thing.
Sean D. Winter
That's the story for most of the record: very generic lyrics, very generic sounds.
J. Deal
He's done it again, just like I remembered him on his first (and best) album.
Kat

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael Yovkovich VINE VOICE on June 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Pete Yorn begins a new chapter in his musical journey with the release of his fourth album, "Back and Fourth." After completing the musical trilogy of "musicforthemorningafter," "Day I Forgot," and "Nightcrawler," Yorn teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin to create the ten songs that are available on his latest release. The album plays out as such.

1. Don't Wanna Cry- 9/10
The first single off the album, this is probably the most pop-friendly of all the tracks on "Back and Fourth." This midtempo number is a mixture of "Crystal Village" meets "The Man," and is sure to be a favorite among PY fans.

2. Paradise Cove- 8/10
This song follows an almost hypnotic beat. Throw in some haunting background vocals and the result is a toe-tapping jam session.

3. Close- 6/10
Slower number that lacks the punch of other classic PY ballads.

4. Social Development Dance- 9/10
Another midtempo number that is sure to please fans. Beautifully arranged chorus, and classic PY dialect and phrasing throughout the verses. This song will definitely grow on you.

5. Shotgun- 7/10
One of the few songs on the album with what can be classified as a guitar solo, this song toes the line between midtempo and alternative rock. The result is a so-so tune.

6. Last Summer- 7/10
One of the few uptempo numbers on the album, this song builds up to a solid chorus with a catchy beat.

7. Thinking of You- 9/10
A stripped down emotional ballad that builds up to a soaring climax, Pete is at his best on this tune.

8. Country- 8/10
Another pleasant midtempo number that Pete shines on.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scooter McGavin VINE VOICE on June 25, 2009
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Concept albums are always a tricky situation, but Pete Yorn started off his career with a concept trilogy dealing with the times of the day: Musicforthemorningafter, The Day I Forgot, and Nightcrawler. The first two albums had their great moments signaling Yorn as the next great singer-songwriter from the Garden State making a niche as either a folksier version Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band era of a more rocking version of his Nebraska style of music.

But by the time he got around to finishing his trilogy, Yorn sounded like he was just spinning the tires with songs that sounded like his previous work but less adventurous. With the trilogy out of the way, there were high hopes for his fourth full length album Back & Fourth. Unfortunately is follows in the trend of Nightcrawler, a step backwards.

There are a few bright spots on the album like the depressing (in an entertaining, more melodic Ryan Adams kind of way) Social Development Dance where Yorn hears about the passing only to get no results when Google her name in quotations. Last Summer perfects Yorn's ability to write hard driving emotion songs. But in the end, if you already have the first two Pete Yorn albums, there isn't much need to pick up Back & Fourth.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sean D. Winter on September 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe that some people are giving this album 5 stars. I guess art (music) is a pretty subjective thing.
I've really enjoyed Pete Yorn since his debut album, but I've found each album to be weaker than the last. Every song, and I mean EVERY SONG on this album is a slow, sombre tune with no identifiable hint of some of the more rock/folk-based tunes that I enjoyed in his previous works.
I totally agree with one of the previous reviewers that every song sounds like it could be featured in an episode of Dawson's Creek. I bought this album with high hopes, but unless it really grows on me, I don't see listening to it more than a few times. Here's hoping that whatever Pete Yorn does in the future, he gets back to his roots a bit more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry Bryant on July 10, 2009
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Back and Fouth is a very sincere and artful album that keeps growing on you with each listen.It's really hard to pick favorites on this one because I just love all 10 tracks. But I find myself putting Paradise Cove and Social Develpment Dance on repeat! Great for long summer drives, a walk in the park or just relaxing on the beach. I can't get enough of this album. You won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alandre on July 17, 2009
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...doesn't say much. The album is ok. It's an easy album to listen to and provides some pretty good background music (think "High Fidelity" and music you can ignore). But when the bar you have to pass is "Nightcrawler," even that halfhearted praise doesn't mean much.
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Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn blew onto the music scene pretty much out of nowhere in 2001 with his fantastic debut "Musicforthemorningafter", one of the more surprising singer-songwriter debut albums in years. Yorn then released the very enjoyable "Days I Forgot" in 2003 and the okay "Nightcrawler" in 2006, to complete a trilogy of albums around the morning-midday-evening theme. After another long lay-off, now comes Yorn's 4th studio abum.

"Back and Fourth" (10 tracks; 43 min.) is a very relaxed, if not low-key, affair from the very beginning. Opener "Don't Wanna Cry" is a slow song, featuring trombones no less (I think a first for Pete). The first half of the album is generally in the same vein, with slower, moody songs, not much of any musical pop-hook to speak of that made Pete's trademark of the first two albums. The second half of the album perks up a bit, with songs like "Last Summer" and "Thinking of You" but the overall this is not the sound of Pete Yorn that I've come to love from the early albums. In all, a disappointment for me.

That said, I am very excited about the upcoming duets album with Scarlett Johanson "Breakup", slated to be released next month (yes, 2 new studio albums in 4 months), which is supposed to be a 21st century answer to the Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot duet album "Bonnie & Clyde" from 1968. Can't wait for that! I recently saw Pete Yorn again in concert, this time opening for Coldplay, and thankfully he played mostly the crowd-favorites of the early albums. I love Pete Yorn, but "Back and Fourth" is not Pete at his most enjoyable.
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