Sound — 9
Being the second part in the "Day" trilogy, Day I Forgot is louder and more forward than Yorn's debut, musicforthemorningafter. Musically, Day is more vibrant than music, and perhaps that was part of Yorn's master plan; if that's the case, Pete Yorn is a pure genius. Where music often seemed quieter and often focused on acoustic guitars, Day transitions with a brief acoustic intro before electric guitars take the forefront for the majority of the album. Yorn blends various rock influences, with "Burrito" sounding very pop-rock and tongue-in-cheek, "Carlos (Don't Let it Go to Your Head)" sounding very heavy and riffy, and "Crystal Village" has a glistening pop shine. Yorn also sounds a bit more like Eddie Vedder this time around, but doesn't sound like he's trying to rip him off, either. With the musical direction of the album, the change fits well. Credit should also be given to Yorn for playing most of the instruments on the album. He plays several instruments on each track with occasional help from a friend or two.
Lyrics — 9
Pete Yorn's songs aren't that out-of-the ordinary, lyrically; however, he doesn't resort to tried-and-true lyrics, and finds his own way of telling a story. Many songs deal with love and relationships, even one with it's origins at a 7-11, or longing for a friend, hopes for the future, and personal desires. Yorn's voice matches his words well, and he never steps outside of his range. In fact, everything seems tighter and more refined, more mature in the couple of years that passed from music, and even the somewhat goofy, but lovably so "Burrito" doesn't feel out of place. Pete Yorn is simply a great songwriter.
Overall Impression — 10
Pete Yorn is simply amazing. Here he's turned out a mainstream type album, but never with shedding his indie-feel. Almost all of the songs are worth listening to over and over again. If this album were lost or stolen, I'd buy it again in an instant, and in the case that it were stolen, consider vigilante justice. It's just that good.