Pete Yorn
Nightcrawler
(Columbia)
Pete Yorn’s music is the antithesis of all the pop garbage the Nick Lacheys and Ushers of the world have bestowed upon us. He is a singer-songwriter in the vein of fellow Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen and has been working to establish himself as an artist with a longevity that is not often found in the current state of popular music.

Yorn’s Nightcrawler is the third album in his Day in the Life trilogy—Musicforthemorningafter is about the aftermath of a night out and Day I Forgot is how the remainder of that recovery day plays out. Nightcrawler allows Yorn to bring it all back to the beginning of that vicious cycle.

Yorn also opts for the unusual move of including two previously released songs (“Undercover,” from the Spider-Man soundtrack and “Splendid Isolation” from the Warren Zevon tribute) amongst the 12 new tracks. By mixing these “bonus” songs into the track listing instead of including them at the end of the disc, Yorn gives the listener something familiar along with the new material.

With cuts such as “The Man,” “Georgie Boy,” “Alive” and the lead single “For Us,” which are as strong as any of Yorn’s previous almost-hits, this will be the best album of 2006 that no one will hear. Do yourself a favour and listen to it now. You’ll be glad you did, later.
—Trevor Savory

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