Gimme Some - Peter Bjorn and John
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 91
    Although they've dropped two full-lengths since then, PB&J haven't recaptured that ubiquity. But Gimme Some, their sixth album, is crammed with winsome tunes.
  2. Mar 31, 2011
    90
    Gimme Some reveals a band that is reinvigorated, one that has remembered what it was like to make music without forcing the issue.
  3. Mar 28, 2011
    90
    Gimme Some, sixth album from Swedish indie pop types Peter, Bjorn And John, is absolutely superb; sunshine and a hundred beach parties stuffed into thirty minutes, sprightly and joyous, cool, confident and glossy.
  4. Mar 28, 2011
    84
    The energy level is up; the production is clanky and raw; the guitars ring louder, and the drums hit harder. For the first time, Peter Bjorn and John actually sound like--dare we say--a rock band.
  5. May 13, 2011
    80
    Gimme Some's relentless melodicism arrives with a harder edge than the dreamy naivete that powered "Young Folks," but the results frequently feel just as fine. [Jun 2011, p.93]
  6. Apr 7, 2011
    80
    There's no whistling, but there are plenty of stick-in-your-head moments. At the end of the day, that's what we want from them.
  7. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    The photo of the band in the CD booklet shows three guys in a tight circle playing heads-down intense, and it feels like this camaraderie and dedication has paid off in a record that may not save their career commercially, but will prove that they are still vital and exciting.
  8. Mar 25, 2011
    80
    Gimme Some delivers more than a few pop songs, a legitimate pop album written with the subtlety of a band that has come to appreciate, instead of run from, their hit-making ability.
  9. 70
    On fifth LP Gimme Some, the Swedish trio has stripped down their sound, and their brand of indie rock has never sounded fresher.
  10. Mar 29, 2011
    70
    They seem to have stopped trying to subvert their pop nous and accept what they do best, and for the most part it works a treat.
  11. 70
    Perhaps it's the introduction of an outside producer (Per Sunding) for the first time, but they're sounding like a band with something to prove.
  12. Mar 25, 2011
    70
    If the least they do is keep revealing new shades of the familiar, it's worth sticking around and seeing this band through.
  13. Mar 29, 2011
    68
    Gimme Some surfaces from more of a basic power trio sound without straying too far from indie-pop roots.
  14. Mar 29, 2011
    67
    Gimme Some is retreat to light-hearted pop after the coolly received electro experiments of 2009's Living Thing. The style suits them, even when the substance is lacking.
  15. Mar 25, 2011
    62
    These guys are capable musicians and studio heads, and mechanically speaking, these are fine pop songs-- well crafted, ably produced, everything in its right place-- but they don't particularly move you.
  16. 60
    Two years later, the trio return with Gimme Some, a punk record that transmogrified itself into a pop-rock effort fueled by many drunken nights.
  17. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    Gimme Some is grounded in a guitar-based directness it seemed PB&J had left behind. [Apr 2011, p.118]
  18. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    Peter Bjorn and John's sixth disc is pretty mannish, a foray into Seventies English punk rock, early U2 and R.E.M. anthemics, arena-drum bombast and a cowbell-happy jam their fan Kanye West could flow over.
  19. Mar 28, 2011
    60
    This might be a more natural and relaxed PB&J having the time of their lives, but it certainly doesn't find the band at their most creative.
  20. Mar 28, 2011
    60
    While admirably demonstrating that they're no one trick pony, the album is plagued with moments so awkward it makes most first dates seem preferable-promises of pop pleasure be damned.
  21. On Gimme Some, Peter Bjorn and John abandon the experimental sound they'd been developing over the course of the last few years in favor of flavorless alt-rock that falls short of the bar set by Falling Out.
  22. Mar 25, 2011
    60
    Even at its most jagged, however, Gimme Some comes across as power-pop by numbers, the effortlessness with which the Swedish trio spin cheerful melodies and ineffable hooks making almost every song sound uncomfortably derivative.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 23, 2011
    10
    A great pop album that ranks right up there with Writers Block. All the songs are plum full of hooks galore. Guaranteed to make even the mostA great pop album that ranks right up there with Writers Block. All the songs are plum full of hooks galore. Guaranteed to make even the most jaded hipster sing along. Full Review »
  2. Jun 5, 2011
    1
    While not their most original album, this is defenatly their most enjoyable and accesable to date. It's also very varied, with everything fromWhile not their most original album, this is defenatly their most enjoyable and accesable to date. It's also very varied, with everything from slower rockers like ''Down Like Me'' to the in-your-face punk-rock of ''Breaker Breaker''. I defenatly recommend it. Full Review »