Peter Bjorn And John - Gimme Some
Despite the craving from fans, Swedish indie pop superstars have never really tried to follow up on the mega-success of the hit single "Young Folks". Instead they've focussed on making the kind of music they probably would've made if nobody had given that infectious whistle a second listen. Good for them too. None of that changes on the trio's forthcoming album Gimme Some (out March 29th).
The group waste no time in showing their intentions as they begin the album with the shrill (in a good way) "Tomorrow Has To Wait". They venture away from pure pop continually in Gimme Some. "May Seem Macabre" is a dark song, though it never nears the realm of gloomy. With squealing guitar and dripping with seslf-pity, they channel early Jesus & Mary Chain on "Down Like Me". The speedy guitar-driven "Black Book" may be the bands most rockingest track ever, if 'rockingest' were actually a word.
Underneath it all though, there is a pop heart. The Vampire Weekend-like island vibe of "Dig a Little Deeper" is the first clue. "Second Chance" boasts catchy woo ooo backing vocals. You'll be wanting to do the hand jive when "Eyes" hits full steam. "Lies" is an unabashed blitz of hook-filled joy.
Sure, there may not be that one obvious seared-into-you-brain hit single, but Gimme Some is an album that slow yields its pop sensibility. Sometimes isn't having to work for it a little bit better though?
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