Pete Yorn’s New Album and Tour Dates

Mr. Sensitive himself, Pete Yorn

Pete Yorn just released Back & Fourth – the fourth of his studio albums (get it?), and the first since 2006’s Nightcrawler. You might think that a good three years would produce something significant. But so far, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, it seems like the longer Pete Yorn makes music, the worse off he is. After his breakthrough album musicforthemorningafter, he enjoyed the wave of success but record sales have dwindled ever since and reviews have become progressively worse. I’d be surprised if the downward spiral didn’t continue – despite Yorn’s aggressive summer tour schedule.

UPDATE: We took in Yorn’s Chicago tour. Read the Pete Yorn concert review, complete with live video!

It’s not that Yorn isn’t talented, he’s shown promise in the past and his music is technically sound. It’s just that – using his own song title from the new album – “Long Time Nothing New.” Perhaps we’re a little biased toward rock music around here, but this record feels like over-chewed bubblegum pop. And maybe that would be easier to swallow if it didn’t sound just like everything else he’s put out and worse – something you can hear from hundreds of other so-called crooners. The songs are melodic and tight, and many will appreciate that it’s very easy to listen to. Back & Fourth does sound like it was put together with great care, and maybe it’s one of those albums that gets better the more you hear it. But after a few sessions listening cover to cover, I’m bored. And, call me old-fashioned, but this lyric from “Social Development Dance” just makes me cringe:

I tried to find out what had happened to you,
I Googled you in quotes – got no results

Anyway, you can hear the entire album on Pete Yorn’s MySpace page for a limited time.

And below are Pete Yorn’s 2009 tour dates.

Jun 24 2009 8:00P The Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, California
Jul 9 2009 7:00P House of Blues San Diego San Diego, California
Jul 10 2009 7:00P House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, California
Jul 11 2009 7:00P Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona
Jul 13 2009 7:00P La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas
Jul 14 2009 7:00P The Meridian Houston, Texas
Jul 16 2009 7:00P Cannery Ballroom Nashville, Tennessee
Jul 17 2009 7:00P CW Center Stage Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 20 2009 7:00P 9:30 Club Washington DC
Jul 21 2009 7:00P Rams Head Live Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 24 2009 8:00P Wellmont Theatre Montclair, New Jersey
Jul 25 2009 7:00P Wiggins Waterfront Park Camden, New Jersey
Jul 26 2009 7:00P House of Blues – Boston Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 28 2009 7:00P Webster Hall New York, New York
Jul 29 2009 7:00P Webster Hall New York, New York
Aug 2 2009 7:00P Clutch Cargos Pontiac, Michigan
Aug 3 2009 7:00P Park West Chicago, Illinois
Aug 4 2009 7:00P Park West Chicago, Illinois
Aug 7 2009 7:00P Harrah’s – Voodoo Lounge Kansas City, Missouri
Aug 8 2009 7:00P Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs, Iowa
Aug 9 2009 7:00P The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
Aug 12 2009 7:00P Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 13 2009 7:00P Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 15 2009 7:00P Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
Aug 16 2009 7:00P Murray Theater Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 19 2009 7:00P Showbox at the Market Seattle, Washington
Aug 22 2009 7:00P Roseland Theater Portland, Oregon
Aug 24 2009 7:00P The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Aug 27 2009 7:00P Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, California
Aug 28 2009 7:00P Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, California