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Praised by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Stereogum, Filter and Entertainment Weekly among others for his experimentation with contrasting musical sounds, this eponymous album contains Sondre’s most interesting arrangements and catchy songwriting to date, but also some of his most somber and introspective. But for his sixth album, Sondre’s prolific curiosity didn’t lead ... Read more in Amazon's Sondre Lerche Store

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  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00006IQH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anybody looking for a fitting successor to Scottish acoustic pop heroes Aztec Camera and Belle & Sebastian need look no further than, er, Norway. Like his Scandinavian peers in Kings of Convenience, Bergen wunderkind Sondre Lerche has taken the melodic six-string formula and given it new life on his debut. Guitars jangle, strings swell, and rhythms shuffle as the singer effortlessly conjures warmth and romance ("Pain and sorrow must come, if you go," he muses on "Virtue and Wine"). Despite his youthful appearance, Lerche has spent years perfecting his craft--he picked up his instrument at age 8 after falling for '80s Norwegian pop heartthrobs A-ha--and the experience more than shows in the excellent musicianship and arrangements of songs like "You Know So Well" and "Dead Passengers." A most promising start. --Aidin Vaziri

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Amazing CD for any mood... Highly suggest you buy it... This amazing artist opened up for him, Rachael Yamagata.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Truslow on March 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I originally gave this album four stars because at the time of that review, I had spent too much time listening to Lerche's other album and had become somewhat biased in its favor (though it is also VERY good). I've changed this review to 5 stars because over time, I have come to appreciate the music more for what it is that for what it is compared to. This is complex (sometimes mystifying), unique, and smartly conceived pop that asks something of the listener beyond listening. The music here has a good flow, insteresting lyrics, and is mixed well enough to hear layer upon layer of instrumentation. I love it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Davide on November 2, 2002
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While the music biz world turns into r'n'b duets and psychedelic garage-rock (thanks to Britain's most read newspaper, NME), few are the pop-saviors songwriters that come out of the crowd. Badly Drawn Boy is still great, but last Beth Orton's "Daybreaker" was softly acclaimed and slightly Beck seems to have forgotten his glorious funny experiments of the past. What about Dido....?
So, we really needed to take a deep breathe. Now, we just can dig into this excellent debut album, by gifted almost-20 Norwegian Sondre Lerche. These fabulous 11 songs have all the freshness and the light-heartness that a teen's life can have - but surprisingly show a real, already proved talent and lyrics that can be as sweet as consciously funny. Mixing the best Sixties' pop, bossanova swinging rhythms and flourishing melodic ballads, Lerche improves a Brit-based songwriting with an eye on easy jazz structures. His velvety vocals, then, makes it all even more fascinating. And he's only 19 - how has he grown up?
All songs definitely need to be mentioned. Proper hit-single "Sleep On Needles" features heart-beat drums and an irresistible duet between Lerche's voice and his guitar, leading to a catchy easy rock end. "You Know So Well", previously released as first single, somehow recalls Beatles' straightforward melodies, and Lerche sweetly sings of a lost love with the soft sorrow of the day after (`But if there's one thing I know it's this / when I lose my sleep it's you I miss'). Possibly there can be several hits. "Dead Passengers" (now released in fact as a single EP in the UK) is warm jazz atmosphere, with deep vocals and a superb bridge at half. "Virtue And Wine" is simply brilliant pop: starts quite like piano-pedals and flows in a grander melody.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2004
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While surfing around the net looking for information about another great artist named Teitur (check him out too by the way!) I came across the name Sondre Lerche. I went to his website out of curiosity and listened to some of his stuff and was very intrigued by his unique sound.
I bought this cd and to be honest, did'nt quite know if I really liked it or not after the first/second listen. I was a bit on the fence. I kept listening, but this time I made a point to put on the headphones and really stop and listen....not just put it on and casually listen. I would suggest this if you too choose to buy this cd.
This is "pop music for the thinking person". Sondre Lerche is not afraid to:
- Write more complex lyrics. No "have ya naked by the end of this song...." cr@p here.
- Mix different generes together. There's a definite Beatles influence, as well as a more classical songwriting (a'la Cole Porter - one of Sondre's idols) style. Add in a bit of classic 60's pop-sound and a little bit of good old fashioned rock 'n roll too.....
- Use alot of unique insturmentation. Lots of cool little sounds/insturments. Not just streight foward guitar, bass, drums and occasional keyboard. Sondre has fun with the arrangements and gives you lots of unexpected things to listen for.
Bottom line - give it a try. If your looking for something sunny and fun, yet NOT shallow, then Sondre could just be for you. Don't judge it on your first listen, give yourself some time to immerse in it's many layers....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Chiu on October 6, 2003
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I'll admit I wasn't that enamored with this album when I first listened to it, but after seeing him perform live I have a completely different appreciation for this album. In short, the album does not do him justice -- when listening to live music you can tell that some bands have "got it" and others don't. Sondre Lerche definitely has it.
Anecdotally, there were two opening bands and the crowd was talking throughout their performances. When Sondre appeared and started singing, it was amazing how quickly he silenced the room with his riveting whisper of a voice. If you get the opportunity to do so, see Sondre live. You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marty McCarthy VINE VOICE on November 12, 2004
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... and capable of being listened to over and over again" is the best and most succinct thing I can say about Sondre Lerche's "Faces Down."

Luckily for me, I stumbled upon Sondre Lerche quite by accident. Putting the CD in the CD player, "Dead Passengers" came on and I found myself saying, "What in the name of Burt Bacharach is this?" And yet, before I knew it I was hit with the Bacharach-esque horns on "Virtue and Wine."

Lerche's voice as well as this album is a lot like a spiral staircase, it keeps going up and up and you are not quite sure when you will ever arrive at the top.

The only thing I would change about this album would be to reverse "Things You Call Fate" with "Rosebud." "Things You Call Fate" sounds like a better song to close the album on than "Rosebud" but this only reinforces my staircase simile of the previous paragraph.
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