CD: Peter, Bjorn and John, Writer's Block


Young Folks, the summer single from this Swedish trio, was so good it raised a question: could their first UK album possibly match up to the expectations it raised?

Yes, actually. If it's not a resounding yes, that's only because Peter, Bjorn and John don't really do resounding; they do wistful and melancholic, and - at their most effusive - maybe a little yearning.

But beneath the apparently Identikit indiepop moping lurks a wry lyrical sense, rather more mature and insightful than most of their indie peers can manage: "And the question is: was I more alive then than I am now?" they sing on Objects of My Affection, "I happily have to disagree/ I laugh more often now, I cry more often now, I am more me."

A delight, from start to finish.


Michael Hann

The GuardianTramp

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