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.
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.