Living Thing by Peter Bjorn and John:
The Swedish trio of Peter Bjorn and John follow their 2007 release Writer's Block with Living Thing. In a change of pace from their previous album, these songs definitely have intense beats behind them, particularly "Nothing to Worry About." My favorite song is "Blue Period Picasso," which is told from the point of view of a Picasso painting "stuck on a wall in the middle of a hall in Barcelona / trying to figure out how to get down 'cause this solitude is bringing me down." In June when I was in Barcelona I visited the Picasso Museum and I sang this song to myself in my head while looking at the paintings. It's that awesome.