Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"On PB&J's sixth album overall, the group again changes tack, tapping an outside producer and reverting mainly to guitars, bass, and drums. Gimme Some has a punk-octane velocity that sometimes leads to bitterness -- toward critics (the Buzzcocks thrash of "Breaker Breaker"), Swedish royals (R.E.M. jangler "[Don't Let Them] Cool Off"), and pessimists (krautrock night-drive "I Know You Don't Love Me"). Sometimes it still leads to romantic melancholy -- burial ballad "May Seem Macabre" or punk-pop sleeper "Lies." But even when trading whistling for cowbell, there's something these three songwriters always remember: "You can't, can't count on a second chance." If the least they do is keep revealing new shades of the familiar, it's worth sticking around and seeing this band through." -Spin
"‘Gimme Some’ finds them grabbing at life with a rubber-band rhythmic energy. Perhaps it’s the introduction of an outside producer (Per Sunding) for the first time, but they’re sounding like a band with something to prove. ‘Breaker Breaker’ and ‘Eyes’ are giddy fun, racing and ramshackle, ‘Dig A Little Deeper’ bubblegum grunge-pop, ‘Don’t Let Them Cool Off’ like Tom Petty by way of Times New Viking. All hail!" -NME
"Gimme Some may be the record where we all remember why we fell in love with Peter Bjorn & John in first place. In 11 songs Gimme Some goes straight for the pop jugular. Bright production mixes with catchy chord progressions, held together by lyrics waxing on the usual smorgasbord of youthful dilemmas." -Drowned In Sound
Rolling Stone (p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] foray into Seventies English punk rock, early U2 and R.E.M. anthemics, arena-drum bombast and a cowbell-happy jam their fan Kanye West could flow over."
Spin (p.76) - "[T]he group again changes tack, tapping an outside producer and reverting mainly to guitars, bass, and drums. GIMME SOME has a punk-octane velocity..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[C]rammed with winsome tunes....'Second Chance' dismisses the past, while punk outbursts like 'Breaker Breaker' look toward a scrappier future." -- Grade: A-
Alternative Press (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "GIMME SOME, which sees Peter Bjorn And John assisted by an outside producer for the first time, is grounded in a guitar-based directness it seemed PB&J had left behind."
Paste (magazine) - "These guys know how tunes work, and they know how to craft one from the inside out."
Personnel: Per Sunding (hand claps).
Audio Mixer: Per Sunding.
Recording information: Decibel studios, Stockholm, Sweden (03/2010-09/2010); Gigstudion, Stockholm, Sweden (03/2010-09/2010); Tambourine Studios, Malmö, Sweden (03/2010-09/2010).
Arrangers: Per Sunding; Peter Bjorn and John.
Following up the band's darker, more experimental 2009 release Living Thing, Peter Bjorn and John's 2011 album Gimme Some showcases the band's melodic pop roots.