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Editors’ Notes

After an uneven but well received European debut in 2002, Sweden’s Peter Bjorn and John made their North American entrance with Falling Out in 2005. Running with the unabashedly pop sensibility that colored their first release (with British Invasion at the core) the trio took their sound to new places on Falling Out, using recording techniques and different instrumentation to enhance their more straightforward pop songwriting. “Far Away, By My Side” is a loping, sunny song that blends sparkling acoustic guitars and a creepy computerized voice, implying a technological connection rather than a flesh-and-blood link. The reverb and throbbing bass line of “Money” hints at a darker tone (“I love to see you cry”), but the song is shot through with PB&J’s undeniable melancholy, especially when the guest vocals of Ellekari Larsson kick in. “I know what you have done for me lately,” sings a wry Peter Morén on “It Beats Me Everytime. “It’s nothing... nothing.” The band’s songwriting strengths rival those of classic bands like Squeeze or the Jam and newer bands like the Shins and New Pornographers, and each track is imbued with depth and nuance.

Customer Reviews

Indie-Pop - The new trend?

This CD is the band's second release and they really give you a taste of everything. A little indie and a little pop. If you are a fan, then you should buy this with no hesitation. If you are not a fan then I would check out some of the upbeat tracks such as 1, 3, and 7.

I wish all of your alblums sounded like this!

Falling Out is probably my favorite PBJ album and one my alltime favorites too. Unlike Living Thing this album actually sounds like music. Guitar and harmonica are seldom used in modern music the way they are utilized on this album. I would recommend this album to anyone who doesn't like terrible music

I agree with “buttercup jamboree”.

I agree with him/her because Falling Out is also my favorite Peter Bjorn and John album. It’s better than their self-titled debut, Seaside Rock (an instrumental album only available as a vinyl record), Living Thing, and yes, even Writer’s Block! In their second album, Peter Bjorn and John take us on an adventure told in a way only they would tell it. They tell it to us in the weird, fun, catchy PB&J way. (In case you haven’t figured it out PB&J are Peter Bjorn and John’s initials). For fans of Writer’s Block this is a must. If you are new to them, or, like me, heard the song “Young Folks” on the radio loved it, and downloaded it, this is a good album to start with along with Writer’s Block. 1. Far Away, By My Side – 10/10 – PB&J’s second best starter behind “I Don’t Know What I Want Us To Do” from their debut. It has all the ingredients that I mentioned above for a classic Peter Bjorn and John song: catchiness, fun-ness (yeah, not a word. I know), and weirdness. In other words, I love it! 2. Money – 8.8/10 – Wow! One of PB&J’s rockiest songs yet. Really cool! Unfortunately, this one of the worst off this album. 3. It Beats Me Everytime – 9.7/10 – Really cool song. When I first listened to the thirty second previews for this album, this was the only one that caught my attention. And for a good reason. This is one of the best off the album. The only downside is that the end of the second chorus gets a little repetitive. 4. Does It Matter Now? – 9.0/10 – Like the Fray’s How to Save a Life, I bought this album in pieces instead of all at once. First track 3, then tracks 1, 5, and 7, then track 2, then the others. However, this still stands up to some of the ones I bought before this one. I love the chorus. The only downside is when he says “Does it matter now?” at about 100 m.p.h. toward the end. The song could have done without that part. 5. Big Black Coffin – 9.1/10 – Slow and long, but still really good. I love the guitar in this song, which is fantastic, and the chorus is really nice too. Along with the rest of the song, that is. 6. Start Making Sense – 6.4/10 – This one’s a little overrated. It’s the only bad-ish one on the album. This song just doesn’t really make me say “Wow! That was Good!” Oh well. Maybe Peter Bjorn and John’s next album will be their first without at least one bad song on it. 7. Teen Love – 10/10 – BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM. IT’S AMAZING!!! Most people I know say this better than “Young Folks”. For me, this is a close second to that song. As soon as the background singers come in on the second chorus, I am completely into this song. A must buy!!! 8. All Those Expectations – 10/10 – Wow! I can’t believe this one of the songs I waited for the end to buy! This is really good. My favorite part is the ending with the cool harmonica. An overall amazing song, and one of PB&J’s best! 9. Tailormade – 7.1/10 – Not one of my favorites. As usual iTunes chose the worst thirty seconds they could have. Still, it’s not amazing, but at least it’s better than “Start Making Sense”. 10. Goodbye Again, Or – 9.9/10 – Wow! I love this! So simple but so great. Cool guitar, and both it and the singing are really distorted, and I don’t know why I like this so much, but I do. Best to Worst: Teen Love Far Away, By My Side All Those Expectations Goodbye Again, Or It Beats Me Everytime Big Black Coffin Does It Matter Now? Money Tailormade Start Making Sense Overall, I think Peter Bjorn and John made a fantastic effort on their second album. Unfortunately, they have yet to make an album without a bad song on it. Let’s hope their next album is just that.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Peter Bjorn and John formed in 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden, comprised of members Peter Morén on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Björn Yttling on vocals, bass, and keyboards; and John Eriksson on drums, percussion, and vocals. Although influenced by the sounds of classic '60s baroque pop, power pop, and new wave, the band shunned the "revivalist" tag and, instead, created some of the most exciting and original indie rock of the mid-2000s. Peter Bjorn and John began playing gigs soon after forming and...
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