Back & Fourth

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  • Summary: Mike Mogis produced the singer-songwriter's first album in three years.
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  1. Austin Chronicle
    Yorn's signature cigarette-stained drawl plays over some of his most personal lyrics yet, indicating he's ready to reclaim his role as talented brooder after treading water in relative obscurity the past few years. [Jul 2009, p.131]
  2. The beauty in these half-laments proves mixed feelings can be as haunting as concrete ones.
  3. The singer-songwriter’s poignant lyrics get lost in the same tempo and sound found in his past three albums, offering us songs that lack distinctiveness and originality-and all we’re left with is a shallow perspective on Yorn’s troubled soul.
  4. 'Social Development Dance' is an accurate representative of Back and Fourth as a whole--an introspective, guitar-driven effort that's worthy of praise, despite some minor missteps.
  5. It seems Yorn has found his sincerity again....Yet Fourth has its fair share of missteps, most of them coming when Yorn abandons coarseness for a milky, lukewarm production.
  6. Yorn’s lightly rusty voice and yearning way with a chorus are, alas, outgunned by his plodding lyrics.
  7. 40
    Most of these ten tracks, though, make Jason Mraz sound daring.

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