Picks and Pans Review: Pete Yorn

updated 06/29/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/29/2009 01:00AM

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With his 2001 debut, musicforthemorningafter, Pete Yorn seemed poised to be the next big male singer-songwriter until John Mayer came along and racked up hits, Grammys and Hollywood honeys. Yorn himself has been linked with Winona Ryder and Minnie Driver, and he's got a duets album with Scarlett Johansson due later this year. First, though, comes Back and Fourth, his fourth studio effort, which delivers more perfect music for the morning after. Recorded in Omaha, Neb., with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes), this tight, 10-song set has a rootsy vibe on Ryan Adams-esque tracks like "Don't Wanna Cry," the standout single. Meanwhile, "Last Summer," a Cali-kissed soft-rocker, provides just the right breeze for the season.

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