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Day I Forgot
     

Day I Forgot

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by Pete Yorn
 

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L.A. songwriter Pete Yorn juggles the roles of pop dreamboat and slacker iconoclast with surprising ease, mixing sensually crooned choruses and lazy melodic shuffles that recall nothing so much as Paul McCartney after a transfusion from Ryan Adams's bloodstream. On his sophomore outing, Yorn mostly sticks to

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L.A. songwriter Pete Yorn juggles the roles of pop dreamboat and slacker iconoclast with surprising ease, mixing sensually crooned choruses and lazy melodic shuffles that recall nothing so much as Paul McCartney after a transfusion from Ryan Adams's bloodstream. On his sophomore outing, Yorn mostly sticks to his introspective one-man band formula, breaking out only to wag his head, Jimmy Page–style, on the boogie-fest "Carlos (Don't Let It Go to Your Head)." The haze that envelops many of Day I Forgot's songs isn't thick enough to obscure what's going on in Yorn's universe, but it is sufficient -- particularly on "Long Way Down" and "Pass Me By" -- to cut off contact with what's going on in the world outside. Several tunes are decidedly more crisp and succinct than anything that appeared on his breakthrough album, Musicforthemorningafter: "When You See the Light" has a chiming, Badfinger-like vibe to it, while "Burrito" is as smart and sunny a tribute to dining at a 7-Eleven as rock has ever produced. A fine soundtrack to a season where the livin' is easy.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Vanderhoff
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Pete Yorn's 2001 debut, Musicforthemorningafter, was its seamless combination of quirky, Brit-pop-influenced production and rootsy, tuneful songwriting. Day I Forgot, Yorn's sophomore effort, scales back the Smiths-influenced guitar work, scratchy-old-record sound effects, and delicate acoustic balladry in favor of a more straightforward approach. After the unnecessary 47-second opener, "Intro," Day I Forgot buds off to an impressive start with "Come Back Home" and "Crystal Village," a pair of the upbeat yet desperate rockers that will remind Yorn's audience why they started listening to his work. Unfortunately, the pace slackens with "Carlos (Don't Let It Go to Your Head)," which is dominated by an overblown, rudimentary guitar riff and for the most part unintelligible lyrics instead of Yorn's traditional mark-up, catchy melodies and emotive vocals. The rest of the album is comprised of well-crafted, earnest, midtempo numbers that, while certainly above average as a whole, tend to blend together. Luckily, Yorn throws in a wild card just as Day I Forgot threatens to coast to an agreeable yet lackluster conclusion. "Burrito"'s lyrics are undeniably goofy, but Yorn pulls them off by pairing them with fierce guitar work and an infectious, urgent chorus. It's the most unabashedly energetic (and fun) song of the set, and stands out in much the same way that "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)" did on Yorn's previous release. Ultimately, Day I Forgot lacks the emotional poignancy and experimental sonic character present on every track of Musicforthemorningafter, which was so intricately detailed that repeated listens were not only rewarding, but mandatory. However, it's hardly a disappointment. Enough quality material is present to keep Yorn near the top of the list of rock's up and coming singer/songwriters. But while fans were more than happy to spend two years listening to Musicforthemorningafter while waiting for his follow-up, they may have trouble spending that much time with Day I Forgot before his next release.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972326924
catalogNumber:
723269
Rank:
143146

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Yorn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Snare Drums,Guitar (Baritone)
Joe Kennedy   Electric Guitar
Peter Buck   Mandolin
Josh Freese   Drums
Scott Litt   Glockenspiel,cowbell
Brad Wood   Percussion,Background Vocals,Putney
Ken Andrews   Synthesizer,Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,E-bow
Tim Dow   Drums
Jeff Garber   Slide Guitar
R. Walt Vincent   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Xylophone,Melodica,Mellotron,Beat Box,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,String Machine,Prophet 5
Charlotte Martin   Piano

Technical Credits

Scott Litt   Producer
Brad Wood   Programming,Producer
Ken Andrews   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Josh Turner   Engineer
Brandy Flower   Art Direction
Pete Yorn   Producer
R. Walt Vincent   Producer,Engineer

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Day I Forgot 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pete Yorn left himself with a tough task of outdoing his first album, Musicforthemorningafter. While this album may not compete with the first in the minds of some, it definitely holds its own. Once again, what I love most about Pete Yorn's music, is how he establishes a solid mixture of up tempo songs with his amazing easy-listening style. The album gets you going with songs such as "Come back home" and "Burrito," but then it lets you chill out with "Turn of the century" and "So much work." Overall, although a tough choice to make, my personal favorite has to be "All at once." So, if you liked Musicforthemorningafter, give this album a shot and you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved the CD! It has been in my car for the past 3 weeks! Pete is the BEST!!! Can't wait to see him at the Taste of Chicago-July 4th!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when you thought he could not outdo his first album, he gives us this second masterpiece. This one is even more amazing that the first one. If you like the first album this one is a must. The man is a musical genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pete Yorn is a very talented musician in his youth. If you have never listened to his lyrics, you have no idea what you are missing out on. He truly is one in million. Have to love him!
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