The Swedish trio of Peter Bjorn and John
whistled their way onto the scene a decade ago with 'Young Folks' and have been making enjoyable indie-pop tunes ever since. Their last album was the slightly more rocking Gimme Some
, which featured 'Second Chance,' the single that ended up as the theme to 2 Broke Girls
. After five years, the trio is back with Breakin' Point
, putting a glossier sheen on their melodic tunes.
The shinier production can be easily attributed to their producers on Breakin' Point
, who include Paul Epworth
(Florence + The Machine
, Foster The People
), Emile Haynie
(Lana Del Rey
) and the ubiquitous Greg Kurstin
(Tegan and Sara
The record kicks off with the pounding, poppy 'Dominos' and never really looks back. 'Love Is What You Want' is built on a very '80s keyboard melody that feels like a song you've heard a million times but just can't place. PB&J fill Breakin' Point
with great big hooks such as Arnold Jackson
's favorite song of 2016, 'What You Talking About?'
is simply a fun, enjoyable album from start to finish with plenty of great harmonies along the way. The tunes may start to blend together after a while but there's never a dull moment or slow spot ' just a steady stream of likable tracks from three guys who've put a fine point on the songwriting process. Peter Bjorn and John are back in Philly at The Trocadero
on September 23rd.