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  • Vinyl (30 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B001LOR3RM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,141,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mackie on 10 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Peter Bjorn and John's "Writer's Block" was one of my favourite albums of the last few years. If you are looking fo a repeat performance of that album then you will not like "Living Thing". It's much more experimental and uses synths and percussion as its base. I really like the new direction they have taken. Songs like "Living Thing" and "I Want You" demonstrate this bands ability to write great pop music - albeit in the sugary Swedish-indie style that you are going to either love or hate. If you approach this release with an open mind then you will like it.

If you like Peter Bjorn and John then you should also check out Lykke Li's debut album "Youth Novels" it was majorly influenced by Bjorn Ytlling from the band as he helped write and produce it.
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Format: Audio CD
Previous to purchasing the album I had already listened to a fair deal of the artist's work, notably; 'Young ones', 'Nothing to worry about', 'It don't move me', 'Lay it down' and some others. On the whole, I expected much more of an upbeat disco-esque vibe as per the songs that i had heard before and was a little suprised to see that there was quite a great deal of variation between songs. This came to me as slightly disapointing at first and I wasn't too keen on some of the less 'progressive' songs on the album or those that seemed less instrumentally solid (blue period picasso, for example). However, after a few more listens I realised that they were catchy in their own respect and often lyrically inventive. The full effect of the album then is a range of vocal harmonising, pop synths and sing alongs that will get stuck in your head. It's pleasent to listen to and though some songs (for me) didn't hold out as well as others, it makes a worthwhile addition to the collection all the same.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Cunningham on 23 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
was expexcting better with single being so good alright but doesnt jump up at u! only for fanatics!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A turn for the darker 31 Mar. 2009
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Side A: 5 stars; Side B: 3 stars

Peter Bjorn & John sprang seemingly out of nowhere on US airwaves in Spring, 2007 with their infectious single "Young Folks", which quickly became "the" song of that season, I mean, who can ever forget the whistling chorus? The album "Writer's Block" quickly became a massive indie-hit with further poppy songs like "Amsterdam", "Let's Call It Off" and "Up Against the Wall". That album was actually released in June, 2006, and now, after a 2008 instrumental album detour ("Seaside Rock"), almost three year later comes the much anticipated proper follow-up album.

"Living Thing" (12 tracks; 47 min.) is a very, VERY different affair compared to "Writer's Block". The album can easily be divided into the old vinyl Side A and B. Side A (the first 6 tracks) represents PB&J as you have come to like and love them from "Writer's Block": the opener "The Feeling" feels like it wants to explode on you, but doesn't. "It Don't Move Me" is one of those irresitable tracks that makes you wanna just get up and dance. First single "Nothing to Worry About" is the most accessible song on here, and I myself keep playing it over and over again, call it the "Young Folks" of this album (not sure how they'll recreate this in concert without the children's chorus singing). The title track concludes Side A and is the last upbeat and hummable song of the album, just great. Then comes the B Side of the album (the last 6 tracks), in which the band takes a much darker approach, not much melody to speak of, but for "I Want You". Just moody tunes, really. Hard to pick out any highlights there, really.

In all, "Living Thing" is a departure from "Writer's Bock", for sure. I keep playing the first 6 tracks, and ignoring the last 6. I've seen PB&J in concert a number of times in the last couple of years, and they've always put on a great show. I'll be seeing them again at Coachella in a couple of weeks, and I can't wait how they'll translate the songs from this album in a live setting.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dreamy synth-Pop! 31 Mar. 2009
By Nse Ette - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Swedish Alt-Folk/Pop trio Peter Bjorn and John return on their new album with a minimal sound; spare sounding beats and synths highlighting vocals and harmonies remniscent of The Beatles, Beach Boys, and even Paul Simon in places (the skeletal guitar/beats-driven ELO-sampling title track "Living thing" especially sounds like it fell off of Simon's "Graceland" CD).

Those looking for more songs like "Young folks" (with its maddeningly addictive whistle) from their superb 2006 album "Writers block" may be sorely disappointed, but what one gets here grows the more you listen. Simple but catchy songs.

"Just the past" is a gently throbbing slice of dreamy Pop. Lead-off single "Nothing to worry about" marries a menacing sounding children's chorus to clap-filled beats to great effect.

Other standouts are the haunting finger-snap filled "Stay this way", "Blue period picasso" (the first song I'm sure done from the point of view of a Picasso painting desperate to escape the walls of a gallery), "Lay it down" ("Hey, shut the f**k off" goes the chorus), and the superb droning melancholic-sounding "Last night" (my favourite).

This is one for everyone, not just the young folks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I think it's great 21 Oct. 2009
By J Kozy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is more a few random musings about the album than a real review. I think the whole album is infectious. Maybe it's because I like dancy electronic music that I enjoy this. I actually like this better than Writer's Block. Writer's Block was top heavy and this is consistently enjoyable the whole way through. It did take me a little while to like it similar to Passion Pit which ended up being my favorite album of the year. This is really good though, it's not mainstream sounding at all and it may not make my top 10 but it's definitely worth repeated listens. By the way, Blue Period Picasso is a fantastic song and one of my favorites of the year.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Give it a few more listens. It will grow on you 20 April 2009
By Michael T. Rieck - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I rediscovered this album when I started listening to the second half of it. Be patient and you'll find that some of these tracks are very addicting. Key tracks: Blue Period Picasso, Stay This Way, It Don't Move Me, Living Thing, I Want You!, Nothing To Worry About, and Last Night. Seriously, give it a another chance all you naysayers.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Boring Thing 15 April 2009
By Aaron M. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Before I starting writing this I had to listen to some older Peter Bjorn & John to make sure I wasn't going crazy. Very little of Living Thing has anything in common with PB & J's previous albums.

Gone are the hooks and melodies I had come to expect from PB & J. Guitars are almost nowhere to be found on this album. In their place are lots of new (not necessarily good) noises, mainly drum beats and samples.

Also new with this album are some particularly lazy and uninspiring lyrics.

From "Lay it Down":

"Hey, shut the f*** up boy/You are starting to piss me off/Take your hands off that girl/You have already had enough"

Maybe they were trying to differentiate themselves from other Swedish Pop bands with this new direction. They certainly have done that, but nothing good comes of it. Living Thing in its best moments is forgettable and boring; Its worst moments are strident and irritating.

I don't think I can even recommend this album to diehard PB & J fans. Anyone who enjoyed Falling Out or Writer's Block is almost certain to be disappointed with this effort.
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