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Great Songs Didn't Quite Connect

Pete Yorn / Elbow
The Rave
Milwaukee, WI
April 16, 2002
Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn tears the high note.

Review by Tony Bonyata
Photos by Phil Bonyata

With some of the best constructed songs that have come along in awhile, singer / songwriter Pete Yorn made a recent visit to The Rave in Milwaukee last night.
While many of his compositions from his stunning debut album musicforthemorningafter are frail and reflective, a good majority of this New Jersey native's performance last night was beefed up by a band that added a bit more meat on the bones of these numbers.
Not that it was altogether necessary, though. While songs such as the introspective "Lose You," and "June" worked with a beautiful fragility on record, onstage they came off slightly more heavy handed with their rockier arrangements.
With dark shoulder-length locks and a hand-me-down sweater Yorn certainly looked the part of a young 1970s singer / songwriter. Running through a set which weighed heavy in material from his debut album, he opened with a blast of energy on the number "Black" and continued with the urgent alt-rock track "For Nancy ('Coz It Already Is)" and "Closet." While these edgier songs worked well on their own, some of the numbers performed would have seemed better suited for a simple, intimate show with just Yorn and his acoustic guitar.
Opening for Yorn were Britpop up-and-comers Elbow, who, with their atmospheric early Radiohead-lite numbers, never quite built up enough momentum to hold any real interest. The slackly-garbed Manchester quintet, led by vocalist Guy Garvey, performed proficiently enough, but, unlike Yorn, their songs - though steeped in emotion - just weren't that strong to begin with.

Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn reaches up.
Elbow feels the moment.

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