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Oh You're So Silent Jens

Jens LekmanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 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 (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B000BKUX06
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. At the Dept. of Forgotten Songs
2. Maple Leaves [EP Version]
3. Sky Phenomenon
4. Pocketful of Money
5. Black Cab
6. Someone to Share My Life With
7. Rocky Dennis' Farewell Song
8. Rocky Dennis in Heaven
9. Jens Lekman's Farewell Song to Rocky Dennis
10. Julie [Remix]
11. I Saw Her in the Anti-War Demonstration
12. A Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill
13. A Man Walks into a Bar
14. Another Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill
15. F-Word
16. The Wrong Hands
17. Maple Leaves [7" Version]

Editorial Reviews

Preceding his successful debut full length, When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog, Jens Lekman released into the world three little gems. Gems that didn't reach as far as the LP...but damn, were those perfect nuggets. This is the collection of all three out-of-print eps as well as some hard to find out-takes from the harder to find Dept. Of Forgotten Songs. Secretly Canadian. 2005.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spilled a Beer All over the Atmosphere January 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think the other reviewers on here have done justice to this album. But I like this record so much, I felt compelled to pay it tribute. It is a phenomenal collection of heartfelt and delicately witty songs from Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman--a compilation of his work over the last few years. He has said he doesn't intend to record another album ever again, which will pretty much make him the Arthur Rimbaud of chamber pop, so it's best to savour what there is of this somewhat demure, elusively charming song-poet.

As for the production of the album itself, well let's see...pretend you head off to London for a much-needed break and you go record shopping (your first planned activity, of course) at some used record shop, and you're rifling through crates of old vinyl and you stumble upon some 7" by the Left Banke that has literally been gathering dust since 1971, and you go to your friend's apartment in Notting Hill, and she has pink hair and makes her own jewelry and has a turntable naturally, and you play the thing and it just makes you ache with all its scratchy loveliness and you hold the thing to your chest and swear no one has heard any of this before you, and no one deserves to again. That's kinda close.

Lekman channels the almost-apologetic fragility of Nick Drake in his soft vocals and has clearly studied up on the Stephin Merritt catalogue and written copious notes on the Life and Times of Morrissey. His lyrics are wry and pained and whimsical, touched by shades of anguish and despair that are neither frustrating nor suffocating to the listener.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Compilation Album of 2005 January 25, 2006
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One of the most intimate and heartbreaking musicians out there right now is Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman. Coming off as a witty cross between Beck, Nick Drake, and early Todd Rundgren, Lekman has a distinctive sound to his music, as well as a distinctive voice, showing that while he may not have mastered the English dialect, he has certainly mastered its vocabulary. "A man walks into a bar/orders a scotch and a bottle of coke/But the laughter has gone in his heart/You never told me the end of the joke," he laments on his new album Oh You're So Silent Jens, a compilation of EP tracks and rarities, but could as easily be confused for a full-length LP, as each song fits beautifully among the others. Lekman not only shows songwriting prowess, he also proves his worth behind the soundboard. All of Lekman's vocals have an eerie echo effect added, making it sound like the entire album was recorded in some long-abandoned high school auditorium. The lo-fi quality of the recordings lend to the intimacy of the songs, making the clean, seemingly effortless acoustic guitar appearing at the start of "Black Cab" quite jarring, but equally entertaining. Other songs stand out as well: the cut-and-paste bells of "Rocky Dennis' Farewell Song," making it sound like a Jem outtake; the dark humor of "F-Word," complete with a radio-friendly chorus; and the soothing "Maple Leaves," featuring every bell and whistle (literally) at Lekman's disposal. You'd be hard pressed to find a single bad song on this album. Oh You're So Silent Jens is a perfect introduction to this talented musician, and also succeeds on its own terms as an album that's scientifically designed to be enjoyed most anywhere: in a car, at home, at work, but most importantly, with someone you love.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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What can you say about a guy who writes and orchestrates stuff that sounds, at first, like sappy Europop, but with lines like "someday I'll be stuffed in some museum, scaring little kids, with the inscription carpe diem, something I never did" (Rocky Dennis' Farewell Song)? Or, "Black Cab," about how he ruined the party ("well, maybe I did, maybe I did") and missed the tram.

These songs with orchestrations as if songs for a six year old, so sweet with pretty clattery notes, all morph into something different when you listen to the lyrics. The contrast between the topics/lyrics and melodies/arrangements are mind-twisting.

Listen to "I Saw Her in the AntiWar Demonstration," pulling in and turning the stereotypical 1960s hippie theme phrase into something that's cynical and bittersweet.

Or, in "Another Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill," a song about the horrible physical abuse he's seen schoolmates inflict on those who are different, after neutrally describing the police coming to free a girl who'd been attacked by schoolmates for being different, he sings that she's now free to grow up to be a cynical writer. Crickets chirp in the background throughout the song -- macabre and funny at the same time.

Or, "f-word, f-word, pardon my French, but it's b.s., b.s."

These strange juxtapositions make you stop and think. You can't not listen.

I want to write words like melancholy, cynical, bittersweet, pensive, wistful, but it doesn't begin to do justice to the humorous twists in lyrics, the outright funniness of it, and the cockeyed intensity of his view of the world, especially given the paradoxical orchestrations.

Words fail me. Just listen. I agree with the 'tagger' -- Cool.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars not so silent..
B-sides or not, this is his best album, believe it or not. A gorgeous and warm musical masterpiece perfect for a rainy sunday afternoon.
Published 7 months ago by Justin Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great!
Oh, you should just buy this. Great melodies, clever lyrics, a pinch of despair every now and then. What's not to love?
Published on September 22, 2011 by Nick M. Siebers
4.0 out of 5 stars don lennon's twin separated at birth
Just had to comment on how Jens Lekman sounds, sings, thinks, and writes so much like NYC simple man common observation auteur singer songwriter Don Lennon. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Clem Kadiddlehopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop
This is the best Jens Lekman album. I put him up with Bob Dylan at a young age with this release. It doesn't have the same pop sound as If I wanted to be your dog, but buy that... Read more
Published on December 27, 2006 by J. Wahlgren
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so ridiculously amazing
I saw this cd on someone's listamania and i gave it a shot. It is amazing--ridiculously good. please check it out yourself because i don't want to write anymore.
Published on March 18, 2006 by Ender Wiggin
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome compilation from young songwriter
Oh why do you have to be silent now Jens? I often discover albums long after they've been released, and while I'm always glad to find something that tickles my ear, I recently read... Read more
Published on February 8, 2006 by somethingexcellent
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I am ... Maybe I am
How thankful am I that Jens Lekman broke free of Sweden's borders and entered my headphones on the North American continent. Transatlanticism is as cool as it sounds. Read more
Published on January 17, 2006 by Stephen Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars The bar turns into a spaceship
Jens Lekman's "Oh You're So Silent Jens" is a near perfect album. I don't know where the fault is; only that a little more time alone in heartache may allow him to top what is... Read more
Published on December 17, 2005 by M. Ferrara
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