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"musicformelancholytwentysomethingswholiketheirsingersongwriterswithsomeoomph." Well, maybe musicforthemorningafter is a better title after all. Yorn's fusion of rock, folk, and synth pop set him apart from many of his singer-songwriter contemporaries, whose spare acoustic musings sounded lovely in a living room, but lacked the power to keep a crowd on their feet. Unfortunately, Yorn couldn't conjure the same verve for 2003's Day I Forgot. He showed himself once again to be a more than competent songwriter, but much of the album felt uninspired. On his latest album, Nightcrawler, Yorn recaptures much of the vitality of his debut while expanding his musical boundaries.
With the album's opening track, "Vampyre," Yorn makes it clear that he intends to expand his sonic palette. Backed by only an acoustic guitar, he barely rises above a whisper as he sings the opening lines, "In the beginning they had positive traits." By the end of the song, the soft tones have given way to distorted guitars and throbbing drums, as Yorn delivers the closing lines with a tremulous wail. On the riff-driven "Policies" he utilizes an eclectic blend of instrumentation, including clips of distorted trumpet, and proves a political song can, in fact, be fun.
Yorn doesn't abandon more straightforward pop songcraft, though. Songs like "For Us" (the album's first single), "Undercover," and "Maybe I'm Right" demonstrate his knack for memorable hooks and powerful choruses. The man knows his way around an acoustic song, too. On what is possibly the album's finest song, the folk-tinged ballad "The Man," Yorn enlists the help of Natalie Maines, whose harmonies beautifully complement Yorn's plaintive vocals.Read more ›
Well worth it!!! A+++
The opening song is a beautiful lead-in to an album focusing almost exclusively on the song. The second song, "For Us" gets under your skin even on the first listen and falls into the classic category. There's not one weak track here and even the odd electronic "Georgie Boy" works for a songwriter illustrating just how confident he is with a tune. The duet with Natalie Maines brings out the best in this out of tune but talented Dixie Chick and doesn't even sound in the slightest country.
Pete Yorn has clearly established himself as one of our best alternative songwriters with Nightcrawler and this third studio album has him clicking on all cylinders. His remake of Splendid Isolation does the song wonderful justice. Warren would be proud.
Lyrically he still dwells a bit heavily on sentiment but each song like this ("Over the Ice Age" etc.)he deftly executes and tells such critics like me to go to hell. It's what he does best.
Pete Yorn and Nightcrawler should be on many top five lists this year.
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VERY GOOD, I HAD MUSICFORTHEMORNINGAFTER AND NEVER GOT TIRED OF LISTENING TO IT AND NOW I FEEL LIKE I MET AN OLD FRIEND AND WE HAVE MUCH MORE TO TALK ABOUT. Read morePublished 19 months ago by not the hero of canton
Thought-provoking lyrics sung with a voice that conveys both pain and joy with equal skill.Published 22 months ago by Christopher M.
Okay, a couple of qualifiers. First off, I've had no prior exposure to Peter Yorn before this disc so I can't compare it to any of his earlier of work. Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Eric T. Kirschner
Love Pete Yorn but the vinyl version of Nightcrawler is awful. It's to low in volume and sounds compressed and muddy.
Wonder if anyone else as noticed this? Read more
I have been a PY fan since my sister gave me "Music For the Morning After" (which is apparently coming out in re-release in 2011 according to PY Twitter). Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Nancy Drew
If you liked the music of the Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket, early Fuel and the like, then you'll enjoy Yorn's Nightcrawler . Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by Jordan R. Biehl
Another fantastic Pete Yorn CD. My only problem is the vocal mix. Sometimes you miss his brilliant lyrics. Other than that, it's great. Read morePublished on April 30, 2008 by valleygirlrockstar
Nightcrawler is another outstanding record by Pete Yorn. Pete's skill is in that everything he does it is obvious that he takes the time to create a new, seperate and cohesive... Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by Duncan Idaho
I have to say that this album isn't as immediately engaging as the previous two. However, the infectiousness of "Vampyre" drew me back repeatedly and, with steady rotation, the... Read morePublished on October 12, 2007 by Simon Helmsworth