Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Break Up to Make Up (A Music Review)

First Impression Review
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break Up C+

Earlier this year Pete Yorn released an album titled Back and Fourth. Critically it's not the best album I've heard this year, but it's by far the most listened to cd in my collection over the past three months. I've made a personal connection that borders on obsessive when it comes to Back and Fourth's catchy, sensitive, heart-achey pop gems.

So it should come as no surprise that I gobbled up this new collaboration between Yorn and the criminally beautiful Johansson, who actually has an interesting voice... Much of the problem I have with this album is that some material sounds like discarded straps from previous Yorn albums or cover songs that were written decades ago.

That being said, there are some stellar moments here, specifically Blackie's Dead, Someday, and the oddly enticing I Am The Cosmos. I'm giving this album a C+ based on my first impression but if it continues to grow on me it could easily find itself in heavy rotation.

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