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Pete Yorn 

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Pete Yorn
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Hunky Pete Yorn immediately became the hopeless romantic du jour with his 2001 debut, Musicforthemorningafter, a solid blend of Smiths-like melancholy and rustic singer-songwriter rockers. Although relying less on lush keyboards as decoration, Yorn's recently released follow-up, Day I Forgot, finds him with just as much passion bursting from his heart and guitar. With a gravelly sneer reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Yorn cranks up the rocking riffs on standouts "Come Back Home" and "Carlos (Don't Let It Go to Your Head)" while deferring to delicate guitar restraint on "All at Once" and "So Much Work." Forgot's lone true lemon is "Burrito."

Although the album is irresistibly catchy -- think Placebo without the glamtronics -- the ridiculously bad metaphors in the lyrics ("If you want a burrito/You can have another bite of mine/It can last you forever") make it sound like a drunken inside joke gone horribly awry. Indeed, little bothers like these plague and ultimately sink the sentiments on Forgot. While there's nothing particularly wrong with the album, there's nothing particularly memorable about it either, thanks to an airy slickness that makes Yorn's self-aware earnestness sound cookie-cutter-generic instead of inspiring.

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