- Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
- Special Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set, Special Edition
- Label: Polydor Group
- ASIN: B001QILTPK
- 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: 312,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Living Thing and Seaside Rock Box set, Special Edition
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PETER BJORN AND JOHN Living Thing (2009 UK limited edition 2-CD album set - There was always going to be chatter as to how Peter Bjorn and John would follow up Writers Block. Would they try to replicate their earlier success? Or go out of their way to release a wilfully difficult new album? In actual fact what they have done is a bit of both [and neither] all at the same time. Bolstered by the bands production the first taster of the album Lay It Down which snuck out onto the blogosphere at the end of 2008 is a delightfully off-kilter riposte a jaunty flying-V in the faces of people who thought theyd had the band all figured out with a harsh treated vocal before abruptly giving way to an anthemic full-bodied singalong the sort which will send the masses scurrying to any self-respecting dancefloor on a Saturday night. The rest of the album walks a similar tightrope of melody and mayhem. I Want You! is quite possibly one of the loveliest things they have ever done. And then theres the album opener The Feeling with drums crashing in like waves on a beach heavy distortion vibrating and shards of delicate beauty poking through the carefully controlled chaos. Just The Past is a pumped-up rough around the edges would be disco gem and Im Losing My Mind is by turns angular and heart-swelling. And if that wasnt enough theres is the Kanye West-approved official first single Nothing to Worry About a glorious rollercoaster ride of lolloping beats and childrens choirs and the furthest thing from Young Folks you could possibly find. This limited edition comes complete with the Bonus 10-track Seaside Rock CD their limited edition low-key 2008 release which was pretty much the polar opposite of Writers Block: mostly instrumental and filled with beautiful sparse elegies to their isolated childhoods)
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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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When I first listened to it...I 100% immediately found a super mega hit in "I Want You." Everyone I've played it for has liked it instantaneously. It's one of my favorite PB & J songs ever. If you're going to download one...make it that one.
"It Don't Move Me" has a great beat...it sorta doesn't go to any crescendo...but still a good song.
"Why Can't We Stay This Way" is, again, slow...no guitar..but such a good song.
The last song on the album, "Last Night"...also slow..and sorta haunting..but fantastic. Those are my four favorites.
I find that everybody who has it finds a different favorite song(s) which tells me that in the end...it's a pretty good album.
In closing...I'd say this album is NOT better than Writer's Block, but I think it's on par with all their other albums. If you buy it, just know that it's a different experience than Writer's Block and enjoy it for what it is. There is gold here.