Day I Forgot
label: Columbia / Sony
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
has witnessed a sort of explosion of singer songwriters within
the past couple years. John Mayer is going on triple platinum
and Jack Johnson went to number three on the charts - and its
only the beginning, with more and more record companies jumping
on the bandwagon every day. In the middle of this explosion is
Pete Yorn. His debut album, Musicforthemorningafter,
was an earnest and heartfelt collection of songs about his relationships
and life in general. It got off to a slow start, but eventually
listeners started to pick up on it a bit even without a hit single.
Many identified with his lyrics, and due to extensive touring
built a pretty good fanbase. So what can be so bad about this
For starters, the album feels exactly like
the first album. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing,
as it has worked for other artists (e.g. Jack Johnon, even Eminem
) But the fact is that this album sounds more like a collection
of B-sides from the debut. . That breath of fresh air that the
first album brought to the table has now become stale. And his
groggy voice seemed so right for the overall atmosphere on the
first album, and even helped the overall appeal. On this one,
it just feels a bit lacking, and at times seems to kill the song.
The highlights on this album are few and far between, and when
they are over, you still find yourself wanting a little more.
The first single, “Come Back Home”, and the following
track “Crystal Village” are both very standard, but
very catchy as well.
maybe he’s just lost his ability to write a good song. There’s
a song on the album about a Burrito. Come on, Pete! ("Do
you wanna take a walk outside? If you want a burrito, you can
have another bite of mine/ it could last you forever") Well,
it looks like to a lesser extent Yorn has pulled a Liz Phair.
Instead of using his full potential, he tries to break into the
mainstream. Don’t get me wrong, its not a terrible CD, and
its definitely not the worst of the year. But hey, at least it’s
a step up from Avril Lavigne.
liked Day I Forgot...
2. Come Back Home
3. Crystal Village
4. Carlos (Don't Let It Go To Your Head)
5. Pass Me By
7. Long Way Down
8. When You See The Light
9. Turn Of The Century
11. Man In Uniform
12. All At Once
13. So Much Work
14. The Making of Day I Forgot (Video)