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Night Falls Over Kortedala

Jens LekmanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Tracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang "Oh Jens, oh Jens / your songs seem to look through a different lens / you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun." A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when ... Read more in Amazon's Jens Lekman Store

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B000V6KDL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. And I Remember Every Kiss
2. Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
3. Opposite Of Hallelujah, The
4. Postcard To Nina, A
5. Into Eternity
6. I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You
7. If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This)
8. Your Arms Around Me
9. Shirin
10. It Was A Strange Time In My Life
11. Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig
12. Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo

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Like a modern day Chet Baker, Jens loves to sing about heartache. This is his first album in over three years, and Kortedala refers to a neighborhood in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden - "a depressing suburban hell". It also refers to a vague musical pop sound with hints of tropicalia that has been coming out of Gothenburg's clubs the last few years. "Night Falls Over Kortedala" features many previously unreleased live favorites and guest vocals from label-mate Frida Hyvonen and El Perro del Mar.

Halfway through the first track of Jens Lekman's finest offering yet, "And I Remember Every Kiss," a Lekman neophyte might be sure they've got him pegged. Here's another Scott-Walker-worshipping yungin; a precocious string-section crooner. To be sure, there's plenty of string-soaked melodrama here, and Lekman puts that modest Morrissey-esque croon to work throughout the album. But after the high camp Copa-Cabana disco of "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar," the breezy latin-flavored "Into Eternity," the acoustic lullaby of "Shirin" or the, uh, drive-in vibe of "Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo," it's clear Lekman's ambition and sense of humor can't be confined to one small corner of imitation or appropriation. Appropriation--in the literal sense, for that matter--is one of Lekman's great strengths, as evidenced by the new context he gives his many perfect samples, be it a drum loop from the Residents and Renaldo & The Loaf record Title in Limbo, or any number of lifted orchestral bits. Lekman weaves many of his samples so seamlessly into his presentation, one is often at a loss to distinguish samples from live instruments. The end result is something like a new millennium Brill Building, with songcraft at the helm, but awash in modern production technique. Lekman's world masterfully pairs the electronic with the human. Lekman's also a pro at the sort of wry lyrical melancholia one associates with the aforementioned Morrissey, or other contemporaries like Stephen Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. He's a lot less caustic, but still plays the biographical narrator stewing in life's near misses. He's got a real silly streak, however, just as quick to pen couplets like "my heart is beating, beating like Ringo/as I pull into the drive-in bingo," or "I took my sister down to the ocean/but the ocean made me feel stupid." These lyrical gems illustrate one certainty. Night Falls Over Kortedala is unabashedly precious. Lekman's meticulously crafted, symphonic indie-pop is all saccharine indulgence, but hey, he owns it, and that makes the payoff all the more sweet. --Jason Pace

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jens, My Little Swedish Meatball October 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Jens Lekman has certainly created a unique persona in the indie world. Shy but smooth: a sensitive Swedish crooner awash in heavy, retro orchestral sampling that has made his newest record, "Night Falls Over Kortedala", a canny Lite FM-ish twinkie that manages to be both ironic and heartfelt. Yea, it's a sugary album. Although the songs occaisonally border on high camp, they never quite cross that uncomfortable line, proving Lekman to be a smart and qwerky maestro, capable of veering easily from tunefully expressing the lustful pangs of true love, debonair as he is, to the darker shadows of introspective longing. Lekman is a successor to Morrissey, in his witty and wounded lyrics, and his wavering falsetto voice. He is also perhaps THE quintessential opening act for a Belle and Sebastian show, but Lekman's fearless studio experiments and definite capabilities as a songwriter hint at something much more interesting and nouveau; his following will surely grow, but I'm hesitant just yet to declare his peak with this album. I think Lekman has a greater masterpiece in him, and I have no doubt we'll hear it soon enough.

Lekman has created a cohesive record that simply sounds great; the songs have excellent flow and smile-inducing production. Vocally, Lekman has never been stronger. But while his previous release, "Oh, You're So Silent Jens" was a bit of a mish-mash, more a casual compilation of songs than a legit album, I enjoyed it more. Stand-out singles worthy of continuous college radio play such as "Maple Leaves" and "I Met Her in an Anti-War Demonstration" and "Black Cab" I found more memorable than any particular track on "Kortedala"--and in that way I find his newest release to be a bit of a letdown, but certainly no disappointment. Just a mixed response.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so sad, so much in love October 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Jens Leckman is so in love, with all kinds of people including the girl who cuts his hair, with a first kiss and with idyllic places in the country. He sings beautiful, soft, lush, sometimes funny songs about living and falling in and out of love. The funny thing is that his introspective self-analysis, couched in his deep calming voice, never seems self-indulgent. It's just life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jens at His Best November 1, 2007
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Melancholy sweetness. This cd is true bliss; if you like his other albums you'll love this. A must have for fans of The Smiths, Sufjan Stevens and Andrew Bird.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quite the swedish ladies' man November 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
for you ladies out there, this album has great songs to swoon over (including but not limited to "into eternity"). when i listen to this album on my way to the train station, i can't help but strut my stuff. it's got great dance beats that are fun and upbeat.

listening to jens lekman in the car or at home is nothing like listening and/or seeing him live. his voice is flawless live. there's also a lot of horns and violins in his music. it's very orchestral yet with witty lyrics that are also silly at the same time. his harmonic arrangements are amazing and grandeur. you really want to listen to the words, all his songs tell a story. most of them ridiculous and funny. hilarious, really. and during many of his songs, like "a postcard to nina" he tells you the background story. more than you get from the song. it reminded me a little bit of sondre lerche when we saw him back in 2004. he gabbed a lot between his songs and you wished he'd just shut up and play. not jens, his stories were so personal and such a treat to hear. it's amazing that he's only 25 too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2007 January 2, 2008
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Jens Lekman's "Night Falls Over Kortedala" is absolutely amazing. I have to disagree with the only one star review posted here complaining about Jens' voice. His voice can only be aptly described as delicious. If velvet had a sound, it would be Jens Lekman. The ambience of this record is truly magical. The songs seem to communicate a sort of melancholy mood with an aftertaste of optimism. Songs like "The Opposite of Hallelujah," "Postcard From Nina" and "I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You" have a certain nostalgia about them and are dripping with irony. Though the music sounds somewhat corny, it really fits the lyrics perfectly. The music really recalls a previous time just like many of the lyrics do. The instrumentation is so colorful with syrupy strings, angelic ukuleles, sparkly glockenspiels and brilliant samples, especially the one that leads into the chorus on "Postcard From Nina." Lekman has produced an incredible work of art with "Night Falls Over Kortedala." This album is absolutely brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Jens hurts the teeth September 6, 2007
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Format:Audio CD
If this guy didn't have the most amazing voice, and a great ear for hooks, I'd be tempted to walk well beyond arms length from something like this, which could be typed as sappy crooning by the unkind. And to some extent, it is, take the chorus in "Hallelujah", please, and the syrupy harp opening to "Arms", jeez. There are just enough modern touches in the production to keep it out of the Carpenters bin, but it's close. Then there's the lyrics; "I was slicing up an avocado when you came up behind me . . . your reflection I did not see". Damn.

But it's Jens and he's great, and there's nothing here that will disappoint the faithful. One puzzle is why he isn't better known on this side of the water, but that question applies to many others so we'll leave it be. The other would be when this guy will listen to his own stuff and stop trying be a mixture of Morrisey by way of Annie Murray. Unless this is really him . . . brrr.
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I thought this album was about cutting hair. I was upset when it wasn't. Still love it, though. Yours truly, Maine sweater ; )
Published 18 months ago by Adam Shanks
1.0 out of 5 stars Is there a non-Calypso version of this album?
This album perfectly captures the sensation of sitting on a beach in paradise after the love of your life dumped you, watching everybody else have fun. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jeremiah P. Donohue
5.0 out of 5 stars The world needs about a hundred more of Jens Lekman
Hilarious, touching, multi-instrumental love songs. If I were some sort of racist against the Swedes, I'd make a crack about how they should wire this to play end-to-end in every... Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by Alex Garnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Jens
Finally saw Jens live and it was a amazing. It just reinforces how good this and all his music really is.
Published on December 16, 2010 by T. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Life according to Jonathan
He didn't sound this good live, but it's only because he doesn't have the money. The melodies and lyrics are smart and he inches everything possible from his slight baritone. Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by Tiny tunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Listening To This...
I am enjoying this album immensely. As someone who has purchased a few Jens's songs before, along with one album, I knew that I liked his style, but some of the quirkier songs... Read more
Published on July 1, 2009 by Perspicacious One
1.0 out of 5 stars way overrated
I've listened to just about all the material Jens has released to date and there have been several brilliant tunes (Black Cab, I saw her at the antiwar-demonstration... Read more
Published on December 3, 2008 by Gerth Mirthful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jens Lekman: A Refreshingly Familiar Style
Jens Lekman's music is eclectic and fun. It is reminiscent of other musical greats, but entirely original all at the same time. Read more
Published on May 24, 2008 by Robert D. Shull
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanatsic Album
This album is totally awesome. I saw Jens play live after a friend told me about him. The day after the concert I bought this album and I've loved it ever since.
Published on May 13, 2008 by K. Crumrine
3.0 out of 5 stars Excessiveness of this record nearly defeats it.
Right, so two things about this record, its pretty good but its for sure not great.
While the lyrics are catchy, witty and sometimes downright lovely, the music is overdone... Read more
Published on January 13, 2008 by N.R.
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