From the lilting flowers of Jeff Buckley's grave, a whole new school of tousled-haired troubadours with mildly narcotic leanings has risen to take his place. Where last year, Joseph Arthur's soul-wrecking "Come to Where You Are" was named Entertainment Weekly's album of the year, now the burn-out buzz belongs to Pete Yorn, whose debut, "musicforthemorningafter," brims with a similarly apocalyptic appeal, brushing acoustic strokes over blaring dissonance.
"I don't need a better thing, I'd settle for less," he sings on standout track "Lose You," "It's another thing to me, I just have to wander through this world alone." More loneliness buoys first single and album starter "Life on a Chain," aching with the dried-out detachment of "I couldn't wait to forget you/ I was killed in half a day." For all its forlorn fretting, though, Yorn's ache seldom penetrates his strummy wash, rendering "musicforthemorningafter" nearly as forgettable as a hangover.
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