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Pete YornAudio CD
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"Life On A Chain" - Pete Yorn


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 (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005AREX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Life On A Chain
2. Strange Condition
3. Just Another
4. Black
5. Lose You
6. For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)
7. Murray
8. June
9. Sense
10. Closet
11. On Your Side
12. Sleep Better
13. Ez
14. Simonize

Editorial Reviews

The phonograph crackling that opens Pete Yorn's debut album is an appropriate gesture for an artist hailed as the best thing to come out of South Jersey since Bruce Springsteen. Actually, Yorn doesn't sound a thing like Springsteen, but he does possess a classic pop craftsmanship shared by tradition-minded singer-songwriters such as Neilson Hubbard and Elliot Smith. On the cool, infectious "Life on a Chain," Yorn's relaxed crooning evokes the spirit of Bruce Cockburn, while "Simonize," ostensibly a love song penned by Jack the Ripper, calls to mind Big Star-period Alex Chilton. Rhythmically, the part-time drummer and multi-instrumentalist (he scored the Farrelly brother's movie Me, Myself and Irene and plays most of the instruments here himself) leans toward the drone lilt of early New Order and Joy Division, resulting in a smooth fusion of American and Anglo influences that make Yorn a new artist well worth watching. --Bill Forman

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Pop Album Once Again! May 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I buy somewhere in the range of 100 CDs a year. Call it an addiction, my wife does! But, I'm in search of the perfect album. The album I can't stop listening to. I don't want one or two songs, I want the whole bleeping album to shine.
I'm was fairly amazed with last year's Badly Drawn Boy, Travis, and Coldplay album's. This year, Radiohead came back with a beautiful sleeper that will go down as one of the better albums of this decade... and now for the next great album!
Pete Yorn has somehow crafted a dramatically wistful piece of rock entertainment that has a balanced mix of rock, pop, and insightful lyrics that can quite possibly be compared to a blend of Bob Dylan and the Beatles. I don't want to sound overdramatic about this guy, but I see great things ahead for him. This album struck me! It struck me!
Take a few listens. Feel the songs, the melodies. Hear what Pete has to say. This album may not have a breakout hit. Maybe it won't be as huge as it should be. That's OK! Buy it! Listen to it! Tell your friends! They'll have new respect for you.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop February 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's not accurate to loop together Pete Yorn and John Mayer. I own both of their "debut" albums. Here's the difference: on my grouchiest days, I find myself cutting out nearly all of Mayer's tracks, but Yorn on his worst day never drops below the jeweled quintet of "Strange Condition," "Black," "Just Another," "On Your Side," and "Sleep Better."
Where the heck did this guy come from? I heard his catchy Smithereens-like "Strange Condition" on a Boston alt-rock station, liked it, got over my distrust of all the pretty-boy-rockstar photos on the CD, and bought it used...and suddenly "Strange Condition" was only my fifth and sometimes sixth favorite song on this knockout debut album.
Folks, this guy makes pared-down rhythm-guitar-driven rock'n'roll ditties, or lushly melodic entrancing pop stuff. The key thing here is catchy melodies and irresistible hooks. The guy's voice is rough & quirky & confident and plays off perfectly against the melodic ear candy. It's completely buy-able. I keep thinking of who to compare him with, and it bodes well for Yorn's career, cuz he doesn't really sound like somebody's echo.
Oh, on track 14, the quirky "Simonize" goes silent at 2:50, but if you let it run and wait till 4:30, there's another little pop chestnut ("Girl Like You"...?).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING RELEASE FROM A FRESH NEW ARTIST!! March 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first heard "Strange Condition" about 2 years ago and was instantly hooked to Pete Yorn. I've had the advance cd of "musicforthemorningafter" for a few months and it's one of the best cd's I've heard in a long time. With so much fluff cluttering the music racks these days, it was nice to have a CD that I didn't have to skip over every other song. Yorn's voice is reminiscent of J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. with a touch of Dylan. He's got an amazing debut on his hands and I hope he gets his due respect for his talent. There's just something about this CD that you can come back to so often and just go "this is pretty damn neat." Check it out for yourself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Songs Written By Pete Yorn... October 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
After fumbling thru countless CD's at Circuit City and not having any of them spark my interest... I went over to the listening table and put on the headphones and saw this "musicforthemorningafter" disc. Right away I thought it was Aerosmith's Joe Perry younger brother. I punched in the 1st tune "Life On A Chain" and thought, "It ain't hard rock, but it was definitely interesting... and good." I listened to most of the songs there at the store and then bought it. Now, one week later, I can say that this CD has not left the CD player in my car. Pete Yorn is the same as every other Dave Matthews or Wallflowers wannabe, but somehow indescribably different. Product & sound are good, his Bob Dylanesque stories are great, his technique is professional & polished (like maybe it's his 3rd or 4th CD). AND, he plays most of the instruments himself (electric & acoustic guitars, drums, bass, piano, handclaps & voice). Several of the songs are upbeat... I like the stuff that's made it to the radio here in the desert, "Life On A Chain", "Strange Condition" and "For Nancy". But, also check out "Black" and "On Your Side". There are several downers here as well... singing about relationships & breaking up, and most noticeably loneliness. Yorn emits a cool persona (even if he is from New Jersey... just kidding) and his off the beaten path tempo's are a joy to listen to. Thank you Pete Yorn & band for your work & perspiration.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok, I'm hooked... May 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Where to start on this brilliant album?
First off, one of the coolest things about it is that it sounds like Pete owns about the same collection of CD's that I do. That's just a personal thing, though.
More importantly, the way he expertly blends a lot of obvious (to me) influences is amazing. The Replacements ("Murray" and "Black" both sound like songs Paul would've written with pride), Pavement (definite Stephen vocals on some tunes), The Cure (the feel of most of the guitar solo's and the song On Your Side are pure Robert), and Dinosaur Jr (some serious J Mascis vocal inflections throughout- though Pete is a MUCH better singer) are the first that come to mind, but there are just so many others. You may have a lot of fun playing spot-the-influence as well.
Despite this, he does manage to avoid sounding derivative (this is no alt.nostalgia act, believe me) - mostly due to the sheer variety of alt/classic rock sounds/songs: a single song will remind you of like 5 different artists. When you can do this (so well) as an artist ... I call it making fresh music, since there is no way you can do something completely UNdone at this point in Rawk History.
Considering that he wrote all the songs (music and lyrics), plays drums, bass, guitar, and sings ... and produces, and engineers and ... you name it, he's obviously a studio and a musical wiz kid - not quite Prince (is that his name now?), but, you get what I'm talking about. As an aspiring musician myself, I must say I am extremely humbled by what Pete has accomplished on his debut.
This is the rare album you can totally get into listening to, and pondering, all alone in your room or car ... or you can crank it up at a party and have everyone totally grooving and asking you "Who is this?
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Published 6 days ago by bezinovichper3
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to have on vinyl
Published 1 month ago by Flyo5
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Yorn ROCKS
It has to be very hard for a talented musician who's debut album, yes I said album, sorry I'm old where every song on it is so good to have to follow up on another. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jack straw
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember buying it the first time
I saw the music video for the song "For Nancy" on MTV, years after MTV was supposed to be done with music videos (it wasn't great programming at the time but it wasn't as... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sarah Godar
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this CD!
My best friend's husband has this soapbox he stands on occasionally. He thinks that digital music is killing the album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lola Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums of all time
While I dont remember how I originally heard about Pete Yorn, I have been to a few of his concerts, have bought his other CD's... Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Pete Yorn fans
Not only is this a phenomenal album, it's newly remastered with a second disc of acoustic treats. Definitely worth a few spins!
Published on January 11, 2012 by Johnny Provo
5.0 out of 5 stars How does one improve on a classic?
Yes, I'm a Pete Yorn fan. Let's be clear about that first off. If you didn't fall in love with this record a decade ago, you might as well skip this review. Read more
Published on August 25, 2011 by Pierangelo Espinocilla
5.0 out of 5 stars PY, RemovingTheSpaceFromTitlesEverywhere
Around about 2001, I'm not sure what exactly I was doing to miss Pete Yorn's little opening salvo of a gem of an album. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by M. Swinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Re-issue
Obviously anyone even slightly interested in Pete Yorn has this record and has played it too death. It is in my opinion one of the best debut's ive ever heard and certainly one of... Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Brian Calabro
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