Peter Bjorn and John: Gimme Some
|Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some|
Paste Magazine: But something's different on Gimme Some, their sixth full-length studio album. The energy level is up; the production is clanky and raw; the guitars ring louder, and the drums hit harder.
Pitchfork: Gimme Some has been spun as a return to the band's sunnier, more winning sound, but it too often fails to reproduce Writer's Block's unexpected spark. The band seems to acknowledge as much on lead single "Second Chance".
The Guardian: 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.
Spin: But even when trading whistling for cowbell, there's something these three songwriters always remember: "You can't, can't count on a second chance." If the least they do is keep revealing new shades of the familiar, it's worth sticking around and seeing this band through.
Gimme Some is out now via Startime International.