Review: Peter Bjorn & John - Gimme Some

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In 2006, a song that contained 30 seconds of whistling as part of its intro captured the attention of millions.

The song by outfit Peter Bjorn and John was an sensation. It was the band's fifth single release since forming in 1999 but the first to chart in Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom and America.

Interesting, while the song was a hit around most of the globe, 'Young Folk' failed to chart in the band's home country of Sweden.

'Young Folks' was taken off the band's third album 'Writer's Block'.

Since 'Writer's Block', the trio has released three albums and acted as producers for a number of fellow artists.

Bjorn Yttling worked with Aussie artist Sarah Blasko on her third album, As Day Follows Night, as well as working with Lykke Li, Anna Ternheim, Camera Obscura and Taken By Trees.

Late last month, Peter Bjorn and John released their latest album, 'Gimme Some'.

‘Gimme Some’ was recorded at Tambourine Studios in Malmoe, Sweden with producer Per Sunding (Eggstone).

Commenting on the band’s new album, band member, John Eriksson, said: “We originally planned to make a punk rock album, but listening to it now it’s definitely a pop rock album."

The trio deliver a round-robin style of song on the album’s lead single, ‘Tomorrow Has To Wait’.

A mixture of droning drums and a single guitar strum provide a tribal type opening before the round-robin lyrical chant. The musical style has such an effect and with the looping vocals makes it easy to sing a long to.

‘Dig a Little Deeper’ has a rollicking drum and charming guitar intro. As with ‘Tomorrow Has To Wait’, this track is an easy listen.

‘Second Chance’ ramps things up a little bit. The cut back guitar chords and vocal ‘oohs’ create an air of excitement that continues until the three seconds of dead air. This single is fantastic, it’s just the complete package: great instrumental work, vocal layers, and a melody that keeps your attention.

Halfway through the album it becomes clear that there are two sides to this record.

The first half is upbeat and light, the second half is a little darker.

This is evident with track five, ‘Breaker, Breaker’. The single is short, sharp and even a little bit punk. For the traditionalists, this will of course be considered soft-punk. However, performed live, this track with its jaggered guitar riffs, rolling drums and semi-throw away vocal patterns could head in an anti-establishment avenue.

‘Cool Off’ follows in a similar vein to ‘Breaker, Breaker’, though isn’t as heavy.

‘Lies’ sits in between the trio’s recent liking for pop-punk and their familiar indie rock.

Peter Bjorn & John’s new album offers a nice mix of their trademark indie-pop styles and a glimpse of a possible new direction for the band.