Peter Bjorn and John

"Breakin’ Point"

((Kobalt)); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

P B and J’s latest release sees this sprightly Swedish trio take a giant leap over the fence from indie pop to mighty mainstream magic.

Taking a sheaf of leaves out of the Beatles/ABBA/Squeeze/Pet Shop Boys songbooks, the lads have enlisted a heavyweight posse of producers whose previous gun notches include Adele, Eminem and Lana Del Rey to hone their pristine power pop into a fine point.

Not a note of filler here as potential hit single after hit single rolls out like the ultimate cover band’s setlist.

A potently crafted set of songs that leave most “best ofs” in the dust for sheer breadth and range of top quality numbers, Breakin’ Point rarely stumbles and never falls.

Clever songs with biting lyrics, melodies that simply demand your attention with anthemic choruses that stick to your brain like glue, all wrapped up in a delightful mix of sonic sugar and spice.

Even when you think they’re beginning to cruise, something raises your eyebrow and makes you want to twitch and dance madly like a teenager in the bedroom before the big dance - like the part in It’s Your Call where the song pauses to take a breath before a drum roll ushers in each verse and chorus or the tonal leap into A Long Goodbye’s dramatic chorus.

From the snap cracklin’ pop of Dominos with its vocal counterpoints and the wall of acoustics that lay the foundation of Do-Si-Do to the ridiculously catchy synth riff that punctuates What You Talking About?, this is nimble songcraft at its very best.

Staggeringly feelgood.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.