Release Date: Feb 6, 2007
Record label: Almost Gold
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
While the sound of Writer's Block is varied, the lyrical content is pretty black-and-white, focusing on the highs and (mostly) lows of romance. On the high side there's the giddy us-against-the-world "Young Folks," which is as nice a love ballad as you'll hear anywhere. Victoria Bergsman and Peter Moren's duet is enough to warm the heart of even the grumpiest romance snob.
Young Folks, the summer single from this Swedish trio, was so good it raised a question: could their first UK album possibly match up to the expectations it raised? Yes, actually. If it's not a resounding yes, that's only because Peter, Bjorn and John don't really do resounding; they do wistful and melancholic, and - at their most effusive - maybe a little yearning. But beneath the apparently Identikit indiepop moping lurks a wry lyrical sense, rather more mature and insightful than most of their indie peers can manage: "And the question is: was I more alive then than I am now?" they sing on Objects of My Affection, "I happily have to disagree/ I laugh more often now, I cry more often now, I am more me." A delight, from start to finish.
Sweden is widely acknowledged as a fount of inspired indie-pop. For whatever reason, those socialist Nords can just crank the stuff out. Their musical exports are not unlike IKEA; Swedepop is typically well-constructed, comfortable and rarely ostentatious. Au courant Swede sensations Peter Bjorn and John hail from the country’s picture-postcard North.