Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Pete Yorn's "Nightcrawler" has a lot of charm to it. Not everything on the album is as it should be, but it is what it can be. You'd think that this would be a darker set from Yorn, and maybe it tries to be, but it's not. The only dark track on the album is "Vampyre", and it really doesn’t work on the album. I'm sure the song is there for a reason, but you can't help but feel that it's forced. Not only that, but it sets the wrong tone for the album.
Luckily, "For Us" is the second song on the album, and where "Vampyre" fails it picks up the slack. Dave Grohl plays drums on the track, and just knowing that makes it a better song. Not to say that it can't stand on its own though, because it's one of Yorn's better numbers and can be compared to "Nancy", one of his best songs ever. Track 4 on the album "Policies” is another surprisingly good song. The intro on the track is awesome and it stays consistent throughout. Other than those two songs though, "Nightcrawler" is kind of hard to get through. The music's not bad, it can just be ignored, and that's not what you want in an album.
Yorn is a very talented musician, but this isn't his best work. His devoted faithful will love what's on "Nightcrawler" and he may even gain some fans with "For Us" and "Policies." Unfortunately, those are the only bright spots on the album. This is average work, it's worth listening to, but it's nothing to get too excited about.