Fans of Pete Yorn's rightly celebrated 2001 debut, musicforthemorningafter, might be happy to learn that not much has changed on his follow-up.
Fans of Pete Yorn's rightly celebrated 2001 debut, musicforthemorningafter, might be happy to learn that not much has changed on his follow-up. Yorn again delivers a wonderfully unique brand of power pop marked by simple, usually understated hooks. That approach worked beautifully on his debut and on such new songs as "Turn of the Century" and "All at Once." Too often, though, the hooks here are mildly engaging at best, leaving many songs feeling thin and dull. Day I Forgot, therefore, feels a good three songs too long and is marked by lower valleys and peaks that are at best on par with their musicforthemorningafter counterparts. The set starts off strong, though, with a nicely lo-fi intro featuring Yorn on vocal and acoustic guitar that spills into its best cut, lead single "Come Back Home." Next cut "Crystal Village," an acoustic-inflected rocker hung on the affecting line, "It was good in the beginning," is another highlight.—WO