Chris Willman
June 17, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Back & Forth

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Pete Yorn
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

But for a couple of moody rockers, Pete Yorn’s Back & Fourth is largely acoustic, marrying ’70s Cali folk-rock to the modern-day Nebraska sound (Bright Eyes collaborator Mike Mogis produced). That’s the only marrying going on. With lines like ”I can never love you? like the way you love me,” Yorn’s nursing a case of dumper’s ? remorse, without being guilty or gleeful enough for real catharsis. But the beauty in these half-laments proves mixed feelings can be as haunting as concrete ones. B+

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