Peter Bjorn and John, 'Writer's Block' (Almost Gold)

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Writer's Block
Critical Mass
Label: Almost Gold

by Barry Walters

Swedes do everything with stickier melodies. On their third album and U.S. debut, this Stockholm trio evoke shoegazing Brits ("Objects of My Affection"), New Zealand cult rockers ("The Chills"), and folky Beatles ("Let's Call It Off"). But their international calling card is "Young Folks," an indie-pop version of ESG's early-'80s punk funk that sandwiches a love-struck duet by the band's Peter Morén and ex-Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman between lovably twee whistling bits and bongo-driven disco breaks. Elsewhere, PB&J casually swap instruments and styles while carefully nurturing their ever-delicate tunes.

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