The Life Pursuit

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The Life Pursuit
Studio album by Belle and Sebastian
Released 6 February 2006
Recorded 2005
Genre Indie pop
Length 49:21
Label Rough Trade (UK)
Matador (America)
Producer Tony Hoffer
Belle and Sebastian chronology
If You're Feeling Sinister: Live at the Barbican
The Life Pursuit
The BBC Sessions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
musicOMH 5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Slant 4.5/5 stars[9]
Stylus B+[10]
Spin B+[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

The Life Pursuit is a 2006 album by Scottish indie pop band, Belle and Sebastian. It was released in Europe on 6 February 2006 by Rough Trade Records and in North America on 7 February 2006 by Matador Records.

The models on the album cover are Alex Klobouk, Natasha Noramly, and Marisa Privitera.[13]

Release and reception[edit]

The album earned the band its most successful chart performance yet, reaching #8 in the UK Album Chart and #65 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 20,485 units in the first week. The Life Pursuit has been certified Silver in the UK. Lead single "Funny Little Frog" reached the top 20 of the UK Single Charts in January 2006, becoming the band's highest charting to date. "The Blues Are Still Blue" was released as the second single in April of that same year managing to peak inside the top 40. "White Collar Boy" was released as the last single in June peaking inside the top 50 of the same chart. Furthermore, "We Are the Sleepyheads" was used in MTV2 adverts. In 2009, Pitchfork Media named the album the 86th greatest of the 2000s.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Belle & Sebastian. 

No. Title Length
1. "Act of the Apostle"   2:55
2. "Another Sunny Day"   4:04
3. "White Collar Boy"   3:20
4. "The Blues Are Still Blue"   4:08
5. "Dress Up in You"   4:23
6. "Sukie in the Graveyard"   3:00
7. "We Are the Sleepyheads"   3:33
8. "Song for Sunshine"   4:06
9. "Funny Little Frog"   3:08
10. "To Be Myself Completely"   3:17
11. "Act of the Apostle II"   4:20
12. "For the Price of a Cup of Tea"   3:19
13. "Mornington Crescent"   5:40

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
United Kingdom 8
United States 65
Canada 47
Sweden 20
Germany 35
Austria 60
Switzerland 56
Australia 48
Finland 25