Yours, Mine & Oursby The Pernice Brothers
On the follow-up to The World Won't End, Joe Pernice and his band of melody makers have created another gleaming gem of intelligent, heartfelt guitar pop. Pernice possesses one of the most beautiful voices in rock music today. Think Colin Blunstone or Steve Martin of the Left Banke for comparisons. His lyrics are smart and literate, but always clear and universal. Lines like "How her hair got lost in the morning light/And her eyes as kind as the morning rain," sung in a voice that could charm the bees out of their hive, really get you right in the solar plexus. Pernice harmonizing with himself is a truly wonderful thing, like eating two ice cream cones at once on a hot summer day. The sound of the record is as smooth and shiny as the last record, perhaps a bit more rock-oriented with more uptempo tracks than one is accustomed to on a Pernice Brothers release. There are fewer arrangements and more songs that sound like a band playing its heart out (in a gracefully subdued way). The key element to their sound on this album is Peyton Pinkerton; his guitar lines are melodic, angular, and often New Order-esque -- which you may not expect from such a resolutely American indie pop band, but remember that Pernice memorably covered "Leave Me Alone" on the underrated Chappaquiddick Skyline record. Every song on Yours, Mine & Ours is top-notch, but a few stand out as instant classic material. The aforementioned "Sometimes I Remember" is perhaps the apex of the disc; the attention to sonic detail is stunning, as are the female backing vocals. "Blinded By the Stars" has wonderfully atmospheric stretches of instrumental grandeur, "Judy" is a dreamy ballad with lovely vocals and a warm cascade of strings and gently plucked guitars, and "How to Live Alone" is a midtempo weeper with really intricate and fun backing vocals that sound lifted straight from a Sandpipers record. Yours, Mine & Ours is a truly grand record, another in the string of classic releases by Joe Pernice. The kind of record you want to start over again from the beginning as soon as it ends. The kind of record that never lands the band responsible on the cover of magazines but will end up on critics' lists at the end of the year. The kind of record fans of intelligent pop music played with real emotion should purchase. Immediately.
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Performance CreditsPernice Brothers Primary Artist
Technical CreditsThom Monahan Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bob Pernice Contributor
Joe Pernice Composer,Producer
Mike Daly Contributor
Warren Zanes Contributor
Laura Stein Contributor
John Crooke Contributor
Peyton Pinkerton Contributor
April March Contributor
Benjamin Wheelock Contributor
Mike Belitsky Contributor
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I saw Joe Pernice open for Buffalo Tom a few years ago before I knew who he was and never got around to picking up an album. After reading the above review I new I had to finally buy one of his bands's Cds. I am glad I did. This is a great record. At first listen I realized I had heard some of these songs a week or so before at a concert as part of the pre-show music. "Blinded by the stars" is the stand-out by far - almost has a Alan Parsons Project quality to it that I feel my dad would even like (weird). Being a huge New Order fan I do notice the similar guitar riffs which pepper the album. Also notice that on certain tracks Joe Pernice sounds like a dead ringer for Morrissey?? Anyway...an all around good, summer driving album.
When I heard the new Pernice Brothers Album I was quite taken with the first 6 songs. I kept playing them over and over again. Great driving pop music. The only reason I didn't get past the 6th song is that my car trips are too short. Well I've now discovered the rest of the album and all I can say is WOW. I can't decide which album I like better. The Jayhawks wonderful mainly acoustic Rainy Day Music or this cd. Hey buy both and enjoy.
Some of the songs are immediately gratifying (repeat listens, over and over, after the first try), some of the songs sneak up on you...you'll hear yourself singing them in the afternoon after a listen on the ride in to work.
A truly engaging release, The Pernie Brothers' "Yours, Mine and Ours" is immediately accessible, yet grows on a listerner slowly as well. Lyrics that are sophisticated and eschew traditional rhymes and phrases "break your heart into a thousand summers" are complimented by daring and quirky thoughts "cut the baby in two", "I hope that someday we meet both broken. It would feel so good to see you cry." Even the sometimes awkward use of oxymoron in certain songs becomes familiar and valued in time. Additionally, while all the songs are conventional pop, each (with one exception) is distinct from the rest of the tracks. It is simultaneously an easy listen as well as an interesting one, as there are moments in which the music departs from its pop sensibilities just enough to intrigue, but not enough to lose a listener. As a whole, the album traces the thoughts of an intelligent and experienced man who still keeps in touch with the issues we all face. While no song tackles any particularly deep issue, all consistently take pop messages and convey them in a new and insightful fashion.