Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down

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Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
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Studio album by Noah and the Whale
Released 11 August 2008[1]
Recorded 2007
Genre Indie folk, indie pop
Length 41:59
Label Mercury, Cherrytree
Producer Eliot James
Noah and the Whale chronology
Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
The First Days of Spring
Singles from Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
  1. "5 Years Time"
    Released: 2007
  2. "2 Bodies 1 Heart"
    Released: 2008
  3. "Shape of My Heart"
    Released: 5 May 2008
  4. "5 Years Time Re-Release"
    Released: 4 August 2008
  5. "Shape of My Heart Re-Release"
    Released: 20 October 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [2]
Indiecision (B+) [3]
NME (6/10)
Pitchfork Media (2.6/10) [4]
The Wheel's Still In Spin [5]
BBC Music [6]

Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down is the debut album by the English band Noah and the Whale. It was released on 11 August 2008 in the United Kingdom, and on 16 September 2008 in the United States. The band has since become very popular, especially in the U.K., in spite of the record receiving mixed or average reviews.[3] An online campaign for the release of the album onto vinyl was set up in 2014.[4]


  1. The first single was "5 Years Time," which was released in 2007.
  2. The second single was "2 Bodies 1 Heart," which was released in 2008 but not included on the album. However, the video was released on the deluxe edition of the album.
  3. The third single was "Shape of My Heart," which was released on 5 May 2008. It was their first single to chart, reaching 94 in the UK and spending 1 week on the chart.
  4. The fourth single was the re-release of their debut single "5 Years Time." After the re-release on 4 August 2008, the song debuted at number 24 in the UK. It has, so far, achieved a peak position of 7 and has spent 15 weeks on the chart. In Ireland it debuted at number 47 and has, so far, achieved a peak position of 10 during its 6 weeks on the chart. "5 Years Time" is their highest charted song so far.
  5. The fifth single was a re-release of their third single "Shape of My Heart". It was released on 20 October 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Charlie Fink.

Standard Edition[edit]

  1. "2 Atoms in a Molecule" - 2:05
  2. "Jocasta" - 2:49
  3. "Shape of My Heart" - 2:54
  4. "Do What You Do" - 4:17
  5. "Give a Little Love" - 4:15
  6. "Second Lover" - 4:04
  7. "5 Years Time" - 3:35
  8. "Rocks and Daggers" - 4:33
  9. "Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down" - 6:15
  10. "Mary" - 3:28
  11. "Hold My Hand as I'm Lowered" - 3:46

Deluxe Edition[edit]

This is the track listing of the deluxe edition (According to iTunes) :

All 11 tracks of standard edition +

  1. "Shape of My Heart" (Music Video)
  2. "2 Bodies 1 Heart" (Music Video)
  3. "5 Years Time" (Music Video)

Chart performance[edit]

In the UK it debuted at 5, which is its current peak position. It then dropped 2 places to 7 the following week, then another 8 places to 15 the following week, and 3 places to 18 the week after.

In Ireland it debuted at 32, which is its current peak position, it then dropped 8 places to 40 the next week, the following week it dropped 16 places to 56, and the next week it rose 19 places to 37.

Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 32

Their song, "Give a Little Love" was used in an episode of Cougar Town titled "Here Comes My Girl" which first aired on November 25, 2009.


  1. ^ Lusk, Jon (8 August 2008). "Noah and the Whale Peaceful The World Lays Me Down Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down by Noah and the Whale". Metacritic. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ Noah and the Whale at Metacritic
  4. ^ "NATW Vinyl Campaign". NATW Vinyl Campaign.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)