Pete Yorn wears his heart on his sleeve, and we, the adult-album-alternative demographic, are the better for it. You see, he could be tagged as just another angst-ridden "singer-songwriter," the way actors were tagged "communists" by the federal thought-police in the '50s. But Yorn rocks too often and has a dandy flair for power-pop hooks, while also maintaining a non-hokey, roots-rock ambiance -- you listening, Artist Formerly Known as Cougar?
Hell, he even had the guts to take on a classic slice of pop history, rendering a respectful but not slavish tribute to "Suspicious Minds," one of Elvis' most unique and best hits. Furthermore, Yorn engaged in some creative genre-bending with country music's favorite seditionists, opening for those Dixie Chicks on last year's tour.
"I wrote songs with them," says Yorn. "We just had a good relationship. So I asked them to play on a couple songs that I was recording [for Nightcrawler], and their management expressed interest in me opening for them." Hmm . . . maybe he is a communist . . . wait, wrong decade -- a terrorist!