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by Pete Yorn

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On his debut for Columbia Records, Pete Yorn wears his heart on his sleeve like Ryan Adams, sings in a husky croon similar to Jakob Dylan, and earnestly plays into passion and emotion like Jeff Buckley. The year 2001 belonged to Yorn, and his critical praise was not unwarranted,


On his debut for Columbia Records, Pete Yorn wears his heart on his sleeve like Ryan Adams, sings in a husky croon similar to Jakob Dylan, and earnestly plays into passion and emotion like Jeff Buckley. The year 2001 belonged to Yorn, and his critical praise was not unwarranted, with Musicforthemorningafter marking the stunning beginning of a long, varied career. It's a raw selection of heartland and American trad rock, yet Yorn's love for Brit-pop is also quite evident, with several breezy acoustic-based songs ("Sense," "Simonize") resembling threads of the Smiths. Yorn's voice may crack at points, but it contributes to the dusty feeling of the entire album, which is leanly orchestrated with a mix of guitar, harmonica, and a standard rhythm section. The debut single "Life on a Chain" kicks things off with appropriate twang, featuring a slightly slurred melody that helped earned the song a spot on modern rock radio, while songs like "Just Another" prove that Yorn can also work his way around a ballad. Musicforthemorningafter arrived when modern rock was looking for an outlet to escape alternative metal's popularity, but the album's popularity wasn't a calculated thing. With a poppy core and some rough-around-the-edges wrapping paper, Pete Yorn turned his debut into the perfect cure for those who were sick of the previous decade's music.

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Performance Credits

Pete Yorn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vibes,Vox Organ,Synthesizer Strings,Analogue Synthesizer,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Joe Kennedy   Piano
Scott McCaughey   Piano
Peter Buck   Electric Guitar
Brad Wood   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Melodica,Hand Clapping,finger cymbals,Wurlitzer,Drum Loop,Jaw Harp,Synthesizer Strings,Analogue Synthesizer
Ken Andrews   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar
Terry Borden   Bass
Marc Dauer   Electric Guitar
Luke Adams   Drums
R. Walt Vincent   Bass,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vibes,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Don Fleming   Producer
Brad Wood   Producer,drum programming
Bill Emmons   Engineer
Sam Bayer   Sleeve Photo
Danny Clinch   Sleeve Photo
Ken Andrews   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brandy Flower   Art Direction
Pete Yorn   Producer,Sleeve Photo
R. Walt Vincent   Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements

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Musicforthemorningafter 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pete Yorn has captivated the heats of me and several of my friends. He has amazing songs that make you want to keep listening even after the album is over. The lyrics are outstanding! Strang Condition, Sleep Better, Closet, Lose You, Just Another, Simonize as well as all the others are simply put amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pete Yorn has gone against the grain with this album. Instead of throwing a few hit singles in this debut and jumping into the ring of fame, he has made a strong album, with few hits but an overall feeling of wholeness. After listening to this album, you feel as if you have been taken on a little trip, not to an particular place, but simply for the ride. When you put the cd in, you don't immediately go to one track. You simply sit back and go on the journey. Together every song is great. Look for the hidden track (A Girl Like You)! Buy it if you want a nice little excursion into musicical enlightenment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pete Yorn's ''musicforthemorningafter'' is definitely at the top of 2001's best music. All of the songs play together perfectly . . . no tracks skipped . . . play throughout. Simply an amazing piece. Brings back memories of the relationship that could have been . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, this album is complete, 100% perfection. From an artist with so many influences, he packs them all onto this album. The first half of the album is more or less radio friendly, but the real fun comes later with "On your side", "Sense", and "EZ". Buy it for the front half, which you will love immediately, love it forever thanks to stunningly beautiful songs on the back half.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's fantastic,emotional,sensititive.I'd like to wear his songs inside my head. On your side is truly divine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs written and sung will last through the ages of time and will never grow old to me and anyone who listens. Truely one of the best albums in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been this moved before..."Just another" is absolutely amazing...and of course "strange condition" will make the skin on your body tingle..."on your side" was heart-stoppingly beautiful...really the entire album is stunning. No one impresses me like he does...I'm entirely taken.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was in Barnes & Nole listening to Musicforthemorningafter I was so sad when I had to go. I love this CD!!!!!I got it yesterday and have listened to it at leadt 25 time since then. I love his voice, and i LOVE the lyrics and the music itself! 10 stars to Pete!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my top 5 favorite CDs ever. I've probably listened to "Strange Condition" about a million times and never get sick of it. The lyrics are introspective yet effortless, as is the music. A modern day poet with a laid back, ultimately cool attitude. This is the kind of CD you can play all the way through over and over again. As you listen to it more and more, you can relate to every emotion in every song. After awhile, you will think Pete Yorn read your mind and wrote the entire CD just for you. Ultimately, a very clever, fresh artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album finished in second in my list of favorite CDs of this year. Nonetheless, this is the album that, over time, will find itself into my CD player just as often as it is now. His music evokes emotions in the listener, either to smile or think or reflect or whatever. Not only that, I convinced my metalhead/Eminem fan friend to listen to this CD, and he actually liked it. Frightening, but it only proves Pete's talents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark my words when i tell you that this is going to be the best material Yorn ever puts out. I wouldn't believe it if i liked his next album more.It's simply amazing. You are quickly overtaken by the first several songs on the album and over time you grow to love the second half of the album (which i think is better). Makes for great movie songs. Great lyrics, great everything. Favorites: Strange Condition, Murray, June, Closet, On Your Side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is truly amazing. Not only is Pete an amazing songwriter and musician, the songs have a great hook that make you want to listen to them on repeat. I love that the CD is so unique, and not made for the sole purpose of getting radio airplay. My favorite tracks are "Life On A Chain", "For Nancy (Cos It Already Is)" and "Murray". I would definitely recommend this CD to anyone, no matter what your music tastes are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Musicforthemorningafter is the best album I have heard to date from such a talented artist. Most artists like Pete Yorn have disappeared and his emergence into the music industry is like a shining star. I had seen him perform when he just played bars around the country, no I never miss a show. And the fact that he is such a genuine person and not the typical "rock star" just adds to his persona. This music has definitely changed my life. The lyrics are so true to life, just read into them a little. I have had the chance to meet him several times and he always remembers who put him where he is today. If you do not have this album I highly reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The definition of today's pop:processed cheese ruled by corporate monsters and gobbled up by cheese-lovin' young persons. They think pretty faces and jumping around makes the music. While Pete isn't very good-looking, his tunes are actually MUSIC to the ear. His music sounds sensitive though his lyrics are cynical. Songs like ''Closet'', ''For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)'', and ''Strange Condition'' will make you push the play button again and again. There is even a hidden track (''A Girl Like You'') in ''Simonize''.This singer/songwriter is definitely not one to be overlooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
and this is a great album too.
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