Peter Bjorn and John - CD review (4 stars)

Peter Bjorn and John

Writer’s Block (Wichita)


Find nu-rave nonsensical and hipster bands quite horrifying? Then take comfort in the warm fuzzy guitar pop of this scene-swerving Swedish trio, who, with their third LP, offer up something more substantial. Writer’s Block is by far the band’s most diverse work to date and boasts beguiling melodies coated in piano tinkles, scratchy riffs, clipped beats, bongos and even the odd bit of whistling on ‘Young Folks’; a magical duet with ex-Concretes vocalist Victoria Bergman. ‘Paris 2004’ and ‘Let’s Call It Off’ are by far the standout tracks, however, all bittersweet and 60s-tinged. You won’t find a lovelier listen to take you through the autumn months . . .

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