Living Thing

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Living Thing is the fifth album by Peter Bjorn and John (not including their instrumental Seaside Rock project), released on 30 March 2009 in the UK and 31 March in the US.[1] Much darker and more experimental than their previous album Writer's Block, Living Thing expands the sound of the group by taking more cues from hip-hop and electronic music, in particular the work of African electronic funk musician William Onyeabor. Three singles were eventually released from the album: "Nothing To Worry About," 'It Don't Move Me," and "Lay It Down."

Living Thing
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Studio album by
Released30 March 2009
GenreIndie pop
Length47:08
LabelWichita (UK)
Startime (US)
Cooperative (GER)
Peter Bjorn and John chronology
Seaside Rock
(2008)
Living Thing
(2009)
Gimme Some
(2011)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
Blender     [3]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[4]
The Guardian     [5]
NME(5/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media(5.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
PopMatters(7/10)[9]
Spin     [10]
Slant Magazine     [11]

Initial critical response to Living Thing was generally positive. At Metacritic, the album has received a score of 68 based on 31 reviews.[12] However, some were unsatisfied with the apparent darker tone of the album as a follow-up to their previous success with Young Folks.

Track listingEdit

  1. "The Feeling" – 3:08
  2. "It Don't Move Me" – 3:21
  3. "Just the Past" – 5:10
  4. "Nothing to Worry About" – 2:56
  5. "I'm Losing My Mind" – 3:44
  6. "Living Thing" – 4:38
  7. "I Want You!" – 3:39
  8. "Lay It Down" – 3:26
  9. "Stay This Way" – 4:19
  10. "Blue Period Picasso" – 4:36
  11. "4 Out of 5" – 4:08
  12. "Last Night" – 4:03

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Raper, Dan. "Peter Bjorn and John: Living Thing < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  2. ^ "Allmusic review".
  3. ^ "Blender review".
  4. ^ "Entertainment Weekly review". March 25, 2009.
  5. ^ Catchpole, Chris (March 15, 2009). "The Guardian review". London.
  6. ^ "NME review".
  7. ^ "Pitchfork Media review".
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review".
  9. ^ "PopMatters review".
  10. ^ "Spin review".
  11. ^ "Slant Magazine review".
  12. ^ "Peter Bjorn And John:Living Thing (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-02.