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Back & Fourth

Pete YornAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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His fifth solo studio effort and Vagrant Records debut, Pete Yorn sees the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter peeling away the baroque orchestrations of his critically acclaimed previous work to expose a beating rock ‘n’ roll heart. Much of the eponymous album’s remarkable raw power comes courtesy of producer Frank Black, who in 2008 invited Yorn up to a Salem, Oregon studio ... Read more in Amazon's Pete Yorn Store

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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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yorn Moves Forward with "Fourth" Release 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Just because it's better than the last one... July 17, 2009
By Alandre
Format:Audio CD
...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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can never get enough July 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pete Yorn on valium 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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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Got What I Wanted and it's Never Enough June 25, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Formerly Great, Now Completely Forgetable October 20, 2009
By Russ
Format:Audio CD
I was a big fan of Yorn's first 2 CD's, but then he moved from Tastytown to Blandville and has put out 2 highly forgetable albums (this one included) that won't even make it as Elevator Music. What a waste of talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back and Forth is a Tour de Force August 3, 2009
By ejb512
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Pete Yorn's music since 2002 and strongly feel that Back and Fourth is his best work yet. This album was a big departure for Yorn on various levels - In the past, he would ordinarily start writing songs by focusing on the music first, but this time around, he wrote the words first and let the lyrics drive the music. Also the lyrics on B&F are much more expressive and accessible than the lyrics on previous releases, which were much more cryptic. In the past, Pete would record most of the instrument parts by himself. This time, he went into the studio with a wonderful group of musicians, which gave the album a much richer and more sophisticated sound. Under the direction of producer Mike Mogis, Pete Yorn's delivered one of the most gorgeous albums I've ever heard - Back and Fourth is a knock out from beginning to end. This is an album that should be on the top of every chart, nominated for a Grammy, and the key that opens the door to make Pete Yorn a household name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best.
I am trying to figure out what makes this album so unlikable. Now having 5 albums in his discography, Back & Forth is apparently the worst of the bunch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Underground Reborn
2.0 out of 5 stars the slowest yet
While accepting his debut as great,and the next two as short of the mark, this one is really a challenge to compliment or admire. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by buggerteetar
4.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you right from the start
With the wistful vocals of "Don't Wanna Cry," grabbing you right from the start, Yorn creates an emotion packed CD; songs that hold up under repeated listening as the melodies and... Read more
Published on June 29, 2010 by J. Carroll
1.0 out of 5 stars Pete, Man - What Happened?
Pete, I've been a huge fan. I'm still squeezing the juice outta MusicForTheMorningAfter (one of the best albums of the last 10 years), and can't get enough of Long Way Down and... Read more
Published on May 10, 2010 by Brian S. Sherwin
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Forgettable
In 2001, Pete Yorn's music had me at hello. The way he crafts his music in the first three albums, with his passionate voice and the catchy hooks, instantly grabbed me. Read more
Published on March 24, 2010 by S. Kleinert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I bought this album after hearing "Paradise Cove" on NPR and was very pleased to find that I love all the tracks. Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by S. Pancoast
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Back!
He's done it again, just like I remembered him on his first (and best) album.
Published on February 6, 2010 by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete's BEST! Don't listen to the others
I've had this sitting around since it came out and today I finally put it on. The reviews were bad. Read more
Published on December 18, 2009 by Michael T. Reiter
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love this CD - he just gets better and better! Great songwriter :)
Published on December 3, 2009 by Josephine Segarra
2.0 out of 5 stars Back and back but never forth
Say it like they do on the Jersey shore: "Pete YAWN." I don't know why I keep up with Yorn's music: I've known all along his only gift was his ability to make it seem like he has... Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by Tom Benton
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