PETER BJORN AND JOHN, LIVING THING

Animal Collective could learn a few things about accessibility from these Swedes, who spin gloriously listenable pop from out-there influences.

__Peter Bjorn and John, Living Thing*

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Our rating: 5 out of a possible 5

Animal Collective could learn a few things about accessibility from these Swedes, who spin gloriously listenable pop from out-there influences. PB&J jump from ringing guitar (on "I Want You!") to doo-wop vocals (on "Stay This Way")—all with a bit more thump than their twee-ish Writer's Block—and still make a frenzy sound focused. Matt Hendrickson

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