Thursday, January 05, 2012

Best of 2011: Peter, Bjorn, & John

Best of 2011

Song: Tomorrow Has to Wait
Artist: Peter, Bjorn, & John
Album: Gimme Some

Peter, Bjorn, & John's third album "Writer's Block" was one of my favorite albums of 2006, and it's been a bit maddening waiting for them to release a proper follow-up.  I assumed that the band was folding under the weight of topping their breakthrough single "Young Folks" by releasing the mostly instrumental "Seaside Rock" two years later, and then "Living Thing" in 2009, which was a slight return to pop, but way more experimental than what I'd loved from first hearing them... what gives?

Well the wait for indie-pop bliss ended in March of last year with the release of "Gimme Some," a true return to form that while not containing a song with the dizzying heights of "Young Folks" (a once-in-your-career track really) it was, song-for-song, a better album than even "Writer's Block."  It made me one happy indie-rock fan this year.

But I also listened to first single "Second Chance" a whole heck of a lot this year, a great song that landed as a TV show theme song here in the States.  But again, unlike "Writer's Block," which was great but I ended up always comparing every song on the album up against "Young Folks,""Gimme Some" was start to finish consistent and great, filled with memorable melodies, killer guitar grooves, and a gritty/seedy meets sunny vibe that's oddly wonderful.  It really was the album that I always wanted them to follow "Writer's Block" up with, and what it lacks in surprises, it makes up for in songwriting and consistency.


Tomorrow Has to Wait
Second Chance
Dig a Little Deeper

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