Pete Yorn 

And so the theme continues: Ever since his smooth debut, Musicforthemorningafter, Pete Yorn has been obsessed with the day-as-life metaphor, moving through the a.m. hours of his career into his second collection — Day I Forgot — and now onto the recent Nightcrawler. Though Yorn took an afternoon nap on that second disc, his latest release recaptures the eerie, odd detachment in lyric and melody that positions Yorn's music in the realm of both the comfortable and the uneasy. Yorn's writing is often a bit heady, but the artist's gentle ballads flow easily into shifty, existential weirdo songs such as the one that made him famous, "Strange Condition." Strange or not, Yorn's metaphoric days are worth listening in on.

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