Back & Fourth

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Pete Yorn throws open the studio doors with Back & Fourth, his first album to feature heavy contributions from a backing band. Drummer Joey Waronker, guitarist Jonny Polonsky, and former Azure Ray vocalist Orenda Fink are among those featured, and the presence of producer Mike Mogis -- chief architect of the Saddle Creek sound -- gives the material a tasteful gloss. Traces of Californian folk-rock can be found throughout these ten tracks, particularly in the jangle of "Last Summer" and the breezy, coastal sway of "Paradise Cove." Nonetheless, Yorn's fourth album is a fairly depressed affair, eschewing the West Coast's sunny weather for the lonely, windswept vistas of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Pete Yorn throws open the studio doors with Back & Fourth, his first album to feature heavy contributions from a backing band. Drummer Joey Waronker, guitarist Jonny Polonsky, and former Azure Ray vocalist Orenda Fink are among those featured, and the presence of producer Mike Mogis -- chief architect of the Saddle Creek sound -- gives the material a tasteful gloss. Traces of Californian folk-rock can be found throughout these ten tracks, particularly in the jangle of "Last Summer" and the breezy, coastal sway of "Paradise Cove." Nonetheless, Yorn's fourth album is a fairly depressed affair, eschewing the West Coast's sunny weather for the lonely, windswept vistas of Nebraska, where the album was recorded in early 2008. There's beauty here, but it's more melancholic than buoyant, with Yorn giving the most screen time to his failed relationships and various personal missteps. "Same old town, loose ends surround me, always drags you down," he sings on the album's final track, an elegiac piano ballad filled with vibraphone, upright bass, and understated guitar. Songwriters don't have to be happy to deliver a good hook, of course, and tunes like "Close," "Last Summer," and "Shotgun" balance Yorn's temporary gloom with tight pop
ock flourishes. The bulk of Back & Fourth is more insular, though, and the album winds up serving as Pete Yorn's personal therapy rather than his audience's ear candy.
Entertainment Weekly
Proves mixed feelings can be as haunting as concrete ones. [B+]
People Magazine
Delivers perfect music for the morning after.
Paste Magazine
The darkest, deepest songs of his career.

Delivers perfect music for the morning after.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973216217
  • Catalog Number: 732162
  • Sales rank: 144,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Wanna Cry (3:56)
  2. 2 Paradise Cove (3:57)
  3. 3 Close (4:23)
  4. 4 Social Development Dance (4:55)
  5. 5 Shotgun (4:01)
  6. 6 Last Summer (4:53)
  7. 7 Thinking of You (3:42)
  8. 8 Country (5:05)
  9. 9 Four Years (3:46)
  10. 10 Long Time Nothing New (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Yorn Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tom Hartig Tenor Saxophone
Craig Fuller Tuba
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums
Jonny Polonsky Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bajo Sexto, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Nylon String)
Mike Mogis Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer, E-bow, Wurlitzer, Guitar (Baritone), Bowed Vibes
Jay Wise Trombone
Orenda Fink Background Vocals
R. Walt Vincent Synthesizer Bass, keyboard bass, Wurlitzer
Nate Walcott Piano, Strings, Horn, Hammond Organ, Tack Piano, Hammond B3
Jason DeWater French Horn
Anton Patzner Violin
Leslie Fagan Flute, Alto Flute
Louis Patzner Cello
Darrin Pettit Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Scott Quackenbush Trumpet
Tom Hautig Tenor Saxophone
Scott Quackenbush Trumpet
Scott Gaeta Drums
Joe Carnes Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Jay Wise Trombone
Jason DeWater French Horn
Darrin Pettit Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ben Brodin Piano, Vibes, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer, Bowed Vibes, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Rick Rubin Executive Producer, Audio Production
Kii Arens Art Direction
Mike Mogis Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Vlado Meller Mastering, Remastering
Pete Yorn Composer
Nate Walcott Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Anton Patzner Arranger, String Arrangements
Louis Patzner Arranger, String Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another quality LP from Pete

    I have been following Pete's record releases since 2000's "Music For The Morning After" - his debut LP. "Back And Forth" is another quality effort from this very talented singer/songwriter who gets more popular with each new release. He still has yet to put out an album that equals or surpases his debut, but every album since that inital LP is compulsively listenable and well crafted. "Back And Forth" is no exception. Pete has an uncanny ability to put great hooks and melodies in each song that stick with you long after the album ends. Just listen to 'Paradise Cove' and the shimmering 'Last Summer' and you will see what a great pop craftsman Pete Yorn is. Another excellent piece of music from an artist who knows how to make ALBUMS.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    jumpy and bad

    i don't like pop albums, so this probably isn't the best critic. the editorial review made a point of mentioning pete yorn's use of an official band for this album; it doesn't make the tracks tie-in together any better. i don't really know this artist's past releases at all but though the lyrics keep to a theme, the band refuses to sound the same from track to track. songs seem to jump from an r.e.m-like buzz to a very hushed drone like blue october; but despite some of the songs sound like they have good influence behind them, nothing about this album is original. the underlying theme is to write pointless songs that whine alot in a 'im trying to get on the billboard charts' kind of way. thanks pete yorn for condoning the soul-sucking traditions of the music industry.

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