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Swedes Peter Moren, Björn Yttling, and John Eriksson have been making records since 1999, but it wasn't till the release of their infectious single "Young Folks" that they began to make a splash outside of Stockholm. With its bongo-crazy beat, a whistled hook, and guest vocals by ex-Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman, "Young Folks" is one of those songs (like Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy") that gets stuck in your head before the first chorus is through. While the rest of Writer's Block is no less catchy, "Young Folks" is not really representative of the album, which can't be pinned down all that easily. In fact, Writer's Block may have been better diagnosed as "Multiple Personality Disorder," as it also features a handful of other styles, bound together by the quality of the songs, Moren's Lennon-esque vocals, and a healthy dose of reverb. You'll hear jangly pop reminiscent of the Jesus and Mary Chain by way of the Everly Brothers ("Let's Call It Off"), while the dreamy "I Start to Melt" and the epic noise-fest "Up Against the Wall" show a love of early-'90s shoegaze. That still leaves room for moody post-punk ("Chills"), a winsome romance ("Paris 2004"), and a little more whistling ("Amsterdam") just for good measure. Two whistling songs is as much as most people can take -- even on an album this good.
Performance CreditsPeter Bjorn and John Primary Artist
Victoria Bergsman Vocals
Graham Samuels Handwriting
Peter Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,spanish guitar
John Dulcimer,Bongos,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Human Whistle,Steel Drums,Moog Synthesizer,Shaker,Tubular Bells
BJorn Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Bass Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Human Whistle
Technical CreditsGirl Talk Audio Production
Björn Yttling Producer,Audio Production
Oscar Tillman Audio Production
Graham Samuels Artwork
Peter Sound Effects
John Sound Effects
BJorn drum machine