Peter, Bjorn, and John’s ‘Gimme Some’ – released March 28th, 2011, opens with an upbeat ‘Tomorrow Has To Wait’. This catchy song lulls you into a trance where, after just moments, toes begin to tap, heads begin to nod, and you effortlessly begin to sing along.
Unfortunately the former most portion of the album tends to offer almost no variety. The first five tracks are a constant stream of catchy music, causing the tracks to melt into one another. ‘Gimme Some’ could almost be translated into ‘collage of mediocrity.’ Almost.
Peter, Bjorn, and John are definitely capable musicians who, without fail, create catchy tunes that one could easily have stuck in their head all day. Their lyrics are not quite brilliant but not exactly sub par, either.
PB&J, like all bands before them, had to live up to and outshine their most popular single; ‘Young Folks’ epitomizes this concept for the Swedish indie rock band. The 2006 single raised the bar considerably for the group but the attractive sound of ‘Gimme Some’ definitely met fan standards. Individually, each song is strong, but collectively the album lacks a range of sound, suggesting weakness. This lack of variety creates the illusion of cookie-cutter noise.
‘May Seem Macabre’ is a fine example of a track that cuts the collective crap-flow that the earlier tracks on the album reinforce. This track in particular suggests that the album ‘may seem macabre (after a while), but it’s beautiful.’ There’s a gentle tone to the vocals on this track that emphasizes this beauty.
Immediately following ‘May Seem Macabre’ is another track that has a distinct execution of vocals and instrument. Toward the end of the song the musical trio shouts each word of the sentence: “Stop bringing us down and out of time!” The song isn’t exactly a masterpiece but the technique suggests originality.
Overall, ‘Gimme Some’ is a catchy, enjoyable album. The tracks could definitely be re-arranged, as this would make the first half seem less like a collage of similar-sounding catchy beats and would draw attention to how full of talent each track really is. Currently, as far as diversity goes, the album is bottom-heavy.