[pullquote quote="We've sort of gone back to the beginning. It's like 'Back To The Future.'" credit=" John Eriksson"]In 2006, Swedish pop pros [lastfm]Peter Bjorn & John[/lastfm] put their lips together and blew us away with a joyful, ultra-catchy track called “Young Folks” from the album Writer’s Block. Then, out of left field came their follow-up Living Thing, an experimental semi-electronic album that abandoned nearly everything that put them on the map in the first place.
After a “big band meeting” PB&J are taking a second chance at that spotlight, releasing their sixth LP, Gimme Some today. Below, you’ll be able to stream the full album (this week only) watch manic music videos of the band and download a free take-home track from the disc.
[pullquote quote="We needed someone who can make us play differently, someone to remember to back up the hard drive." credit="John Eriksson"]As the album’s cover art hints, Gimmie Some is packed with blasts of energy, straight up pop hooks, rolling bass lines and most importantly, a playful and positive vibe. The album opens with a catchy sing-a-long on “Tomorrow Has To Wait” and quickly takes a vacation with the “Dig A Little Deeper,” (a track that owes a lot to [lastfm]Vampire Weekend[/lastfm]) full of funky drum beats that make you want to grab a frozen beverage or two.
Dummer, John Eriksson told Spin magazine “We had a big meeting and asked each other, ‘What can we do now after five albums?’” It’s [going to be] a pure pop rock album. That’s for sure, we get more catchy backing vocals on “Second Chance,” the first single off the album.
[photogallerylink id=61822 align=left]The manic “Breaker Breaker” was one of the first cuts released (in video form) in anticipation of the album. You can grab a Free MP3 Download of the track in exchange for your email address near the bottom of this post.
Gimme Some is a short record, with only one song clocking in over the five-minute mark, but they’ve gotten their hooks back. I hope this will be a comeback album for the boys. For the playful excitement they deliver, you have to give this one three thumbs up!
1 Tomorrow Has to Wait
2 Dig a Little Deeper
3 Second Chance
5 Breaker Breaker
6 May Seem Macabre
7 (Don’t Let Them) Cool Off
8 Black Book
9 Down Like Me
11 I Know You Don’t Love Me