CD Review of musicforthemorningafter by Pete Yorn

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Some of you may already be familiar with Pete's music. He scored the music for the motion picture "Me, Myself and Irene" and had a song from this album ("Strange Condition") in the movie as well as landing another ("Just Another") in Dawson's Creek. musicforthemorningafter, Yorn's debut on Columbia, is about as strong a first release as you'll hear from anyone.

The aforementioned tracks, along with "Lose You," are solid musically and lyrically and bring to mind the melodic darkness of Akron native Joseph Arthur. "Black," "For Nancy," and "Closet" are more along the lines of 1980s popsters Iggy Pop, Modern English and Depeche Mode but with even bigger hooks. "Simonize" is another made-for-TV ballad and "Murry" is perhaps the catchiest tune of all (a modern day "Kodachrome" if you will). "Murry" along with the opening track, "Life on a Chain," are great songs to blast on the open road.

While Yorn's voice may grate on you after a while, the songs themselves won't. The arrangements and production are top-notch and Yorn plays most of the instruments himself. As the title of the CD implies, put this one in the next time you wake up with cobwebs in your head. Welcome that bright sunshine through the window and grab yourself a Bloody Mary -- soon, my friend, your hangover will be gone but Yorn's songs will linger in your head...and that will be a good thing.

~Mike Farley