The Life Pursuit

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The Life Pursuit
Thelifepursuitcover.jpg
Studio album by Belle and Sebastian
Released 6 February 2006
Recorded 2005
Genre Indie pop
Length 49:21
Label Rough Trade, Matador
Producer Tony Hoffer
Belle and Sebastian chronology
If You're Feeling Sinister: Live at the Barbican
(2005)
The Life Pursuit
(2006)
The BBC Sessions
(2008)

The Life Pursuit is the seventh studio album by Scottish indie pop band Belle & 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.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club A−[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
NME 8/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.5/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Spin B[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

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.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 45
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 56
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 86
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 47
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 32
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 25
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 72
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 35
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 56
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 16
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 46
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 20
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 56
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 8
US Billboard 200[29] 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.belleandsebastian.com/recordings/the-life-pursuit
  2. ^ "Reviews for The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Life Pursuit – Belle and Sebastian". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Phipps, Keith (8 February 2006). "Belle And Sebastian: The Life Pursuit". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (6 February 2006). "The Life Pursuit". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Petridis, Alexis (3 February 2006). "Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit". Mojo (148): 92. February 2006. 
  8. ^ Snodgrass, James (27 January 2006). "Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit". NME. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Hogan, Marc (5 February 2006). "Belle And Sebastian: The Life Pursuit". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (7 February 2006). "The Life Pursuit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Harris, Keith (February 2006). "Belle and Sebastian: The Life Pursuit". Spin. 22 (2): 86. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit". Uncut (106): 91. March 2006. 
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