Release Date: Sep 28, 2010
Record label: Vagrant
For some musicians, the flu could be considered vocal Kryptonite. Not for Pete Yorn. The singer-songwriter’s self-titled album was recorded while Yorn battled influenza, proving that even a nasty virus can’t put the kibosh on an artist’s soulful craft. Produced by Frank Black, the record is a raw, organic collection of anthemic songs devoid of any studio sheen, exposing the subtle imperfections of Yorn’s rugged voice.
For a singer-songwriter who has often been dismissed as indistinct, Pete Yorn sure does attract a diverse range of high-profile collaborators. Having written and recorded with everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Scarlett Johansson, Yorn teamed up with Pixies frontman Frank Black to record Pete Yorn. If there’s any significance to the album’s eponymous title, it’s hard to say, since Black’s influence is felt so heavily in the production that Yorn’s participation almost feels like an afterthought.
Disappointingly staid fifth solo effort from the New Jersey singer. Mike Diver 2011 What a difference a decade makes. In March 2001, New Jersey singer-songwriter Pete Yorn released an album that seemed to point the way to bigger and brighter things. Musicforthemorningafter was something of a happy accident: Yorn had written the soundtrack to so-so Jim Carey movie Me, Myself & Irene, and the public demanded more.