Back & Fourth

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Jun 23, 2009
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The bulk of Back and Fourth is more insular, though, serving as Pete Yorn's personal therapy rather than his audience's ear candy.
  2. 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.
  3. '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.
  4. Yorn’s lightly rusty voice and yearning way with a chorus are, alas, outgunned by his plodding lyrics.
  5. Yorn will always have plenty to offer and be palatable at worst. However, his moments of genius are too soon abandoned for monotony.
  6. 40
    Most of these ten tracks, though, make Jason Mraz sound daring.

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