Peter Bjorn and John [Bonus Tracks]

Peter Bjorn and John [Bonus Tracks]

by Peter Bjorn and John
     
 
Peter Bjorn and John's first album (2002's Peter Bjorn and John) is a rambunctious and thrilling blast of energy, promise, and well-crafted hooks. The trio took their time before releasing the album (they formed in 1999), and the time spent honing their craft paid off. The songs are memorable, the performances tight and nuanced, the production flawless. It

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Peter Bjorn and John's first album (2002's Peter Bjorn and John) is a rambunctious and thrilling blast of energy, promise, and well-crafted hooks. The trio took their time before releasing the album (they formed in 1999), and the time spent honing their craft paid off. The songs are memorable, the performances tight and nuanced, the production flawless. It sounds like the work of a band at the very top of their game (though later records show they were just getting going). The writing is split for the most part between Peter and Björn, with the former firmly following the Beatles/Costello path of frantic pop with a twist, the latter pulling songs from no discernible source, though some like "Falling and Passing" are loosely based in new wave. The best of the batch (like "I Don't Know What I Want Us to Do," "Matchmaker," "People They Know," and "100 Meters of Hurdles") will end up on their inevitable greatest-hits collection, while the rest are merely examples of the best indie rock/pop of the early 2000s. Peter Bjorn and John may have made a big splash in 2006/2007, but this record shows they were swimming with the big boys from the very beginning. [The 2007 reissue adds all the B-sides from the band's early singles. Their inclusion makes a very good record even better, and one or two of them deserved to have made the cut for the final track listing: the moody rocker "Saturday Night at the Parties" for one and, to a lesser extent, the acoustic ballad "The Fan."]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
V2 Int'l
UPC:
5055036261296
catalogNumber:
129

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Bjorn and John   Primary Artist
Peter Morén   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Tremolo)
Björn Yttling   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Melodica,Sampling,spanish guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Sounds,Floor Tom
Andreas Forsman   Violin
Stefan Persson   Trumpet
Staffan Findin   Trombone
John Eriksson   Organ,Synthesizer,Cymbals,Drums,Glockenspiel,Tambourine,Bells,Vibes,Shaker,Irish Flute,Chords

Technical Credits

Pelle Gunnerfeldt   Engineer
Linus Larsson   Engineer
Peter Morén   Arranger,Liner Notes
Björn Yttling   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Loop,Field Recording
John Eriksson   Liner Notes
Eric Segol   Artwork

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