Release Date: Mar 11, 2016
Record label: Capitol
It's been a while since the last proper Pete Yorn album. Yorn had been branching out since his self-titled 2010 release, most notably as one-half of The Olms, which is well and good because any artist worth his salt has to run from himself every now and then. He comes full circle on Arranging Time, not out of a need to revisit old haunts but to blaze the trail clean.
First solo album in over five years goes back to the start. At forty-one, time has caught up with Pete Yorn: “The title of the album is a reminder to be present... Time only gets faster as you get older.” He has returned to working with producer R Walt Vincent (musicforthemorningafter, Day I Forgot) too. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads .
In true singer/songwriter fashion, Pete Yorn made his public debut at the famed club Largo, launching pad for many a budding musical novice in Los Angeles. Given that apprenticeship, it was little wonder that Columbia Records thought well enough of him to offer him a recording contract, and that soon after, his music found its way into various film soundtracks, all of which served to raise his profile even further. Nor was it any surprise that the six albums Yorn’s recorded to date have won all kinds of kudos, given the accessible, rock steady sound he’s purveyed all along.
Arriving after a six-year silence, ArrangingTime does seem like something of a rebirth for Pete Yorn: it finds the singer/songwriter re-teaming with his original producer R. Walt Vincent and debuting on a shiny new major label, Capitol. Yorn didn't quite disappear in the time since 2010's eponymous Black Francis-produced album -- he paired with J.D.
At 41, after six years and six records, Pete Yorn has gone back to his roots with his latest record, aptly named, Arranging Time. Reversing gears toward the guitar pop that originally kicked off his career, this record is late ‘90s/early ‘00s radio rock nostalgic and comforting. It feels good, but like most things, not as good as the first time.
“I know you’re waiting for me / I see you sitting at the bus stop waiting,” sings Pete Yorn, repetitively, on ‘Halifax’, one of the advance tracks from the New Jersey singer/songwriter's ArrangingTime. The lyrical dead ends aren't isolated. Other jarring lines are most prominent on 'Lost Weekend’ where he sings, “Straight out of the suburbia / Straight out of the basement / Had another lost weekend / Need another vacation.” The banal imagery is a surprise if you look at his CV – he’s worked with Peter Buck and Frank Black on past albums.