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Reviewed by - James Hrivnak

Jens Lekman
Night Falls Over Kortedala

Jens Lekman sings with the same deadpan delivery as Jonathan Richman or Leonard Cohen, and if that doesn’t interest you, you could probably stop reading here.  Arriving three years after When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog, Jens Lekman picks up where he left off, with a charming mix of chamber pop, indie pop and quirky, witty and wonderful lyrics. 

This time around though, Lekman’s brand of pop is augmented by some modern flourishes; “Into Eternity” chirps with a slight electronic beat.  Odd that it doesn’t feel out of place, but right at home.

The album is full of pop gems just waiting to be shared with the world.  “The Opposite of Hallelujah,” “A Postcard to Nina” and  “Your Arms Around Me” are three of the best tracks on the album, although there’s not a bad song on here. 

The production is warm and inviting, and the faux pops and crackles of a record player add a welcome feel of nostalgia to these gentle and intoxicating songs.  Night Falls Over Kortedala is a damn near-perfect record, and one of the best of 2007 from one of the most intriguing artists of the last five years.

Release Date: October 09, 2007
Produced by: Jens Lekman

Track Listing:

And I Remember Every Kiss / Sipping on the Sweet Nectar / The Opposite of Hallelujah / A Postcard to Nina / Into Eternity / I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You / If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This) / Your Arms Around Me / Shirin / It Was a Strange Time in my Life / Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig / Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo.

Jens Lekman:

Jens Lekman - Vocals
Bjorn Almgren - Saxophone
Emma Bates - Vocals
Marcus Gorsch - Drums
Lars Erik Grimelund - Drums / Kettle Drums
Ellen Hjalmarsson - Violin / Strings
Frida Hyvonen - Vocals
Ulrika Mild - Vocals
Mikaela Robsahm - Cello
Stefan Sporsen - Brass

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