It's been five years since Peter, Bjorn and John have released an album. Their last release, Gimme Some, was a galloping race of guitar-centric jams that brought out their inner garage rock. Since then, the band has kept busy working on other projects. John worked with Wild Nothing on Life of Pause and Peter dropped a solo album, Pyramiden. And perhaps it was these endeavors and a slew of influential producers that set up the playing field for Breakin' Point. To name a couple, there was Emile Haynie (ASAP Rocky, Lana Del Rey) and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck). With these, and many more producers in tow, PB&J delved into a new arena of pop that is different than some of their more recent work as a band.

Breakin' Point is all hooks, beats and layer upon layer of indie dance-pop. This album is nothing like their first LP, Gimme Some. And while the record before that, Living Thing was beat-centered, that album had a heaviness and hip-hop inspired gruff that is missing from their most recent material. Breakin' Point is their answer to the revival of the disco era and '80s dance that has been weaseling its way into so many pop songs of late.

The opening song, 'Dominos', begins with a sonic buildup of vocals and a steady beat sliding in from the other side of the tunnel. The beat is then kept by hands clapping 1 2 3 4 and conga fillers accompanying a piano and vocals. The song then blossoms when the slinking bass line breaks free, taking you back to disco's heyday.

'Love Is What You Want' is classic PB&J. It's earnest, endearing, and full of layered beats, guitar riffs, and good dynamics with build ups and pull-backs. But the more you get into the album, the more it feels like each song just sort of blends into the next. And while pursuing a cohesive album, it is important that songs are completely disparate from one another, the sonic and rhythmic variations on Breakin' Point could be a bit more apparent.

There are stand outs, of course. The title-track brings back their whistling calling card and voice samples layered throughout. It is catchy and is a bit of a step back from the rest of the album (though in no way a "slow song").

This album is catchy, well put together, and sleek as hell. The songs get you moving just enough. The melodies and lyrics gently grab you by the ears. And maybe I'm holding Peter, Bjorn and John to a certain standard in my mind because I have grown listening to them. Living Thing was a go-to album of mine in college. And while I can admit nostalgia plays a part (as much as I try and distance myself from it), there is the objective point that the album is sonically and rhythmically at the same level. This flatness is more apparent the more you listen to it. I guarantee they have a blast playing the songs live, but when listening to the album as a whole, you're left waiting for those big moments; or those small moments for the sake of dynamics.

While fans of PB&J may be a little surprised at first, this is a natural progression for them to go. Breakin' Point has songs that can put them back into the top 40, and for a band with as much talent as theirs, it will be nice to see them get that recognition again.