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In Sydney, Australia, Lenka was a teen actress who trained with Cate Blanchett, thereafter landing leading roles on stage, television and indie films. A self-described 'punk-ass art school student' and vocalist/keyboardist for acclaimed indie Electronic/ambient outfit Decoder Ring. She has flung herself into two new worlds simultaneously: she's moved to California and become a solo artist. Whether channelling our long-repressed terrors ('Trouble') or long-lost innocence ('We Will Not Grow Old'), her music evokes primal emotions, unblemished by pretense or cynicism and unashamed of cracking a smile occasionally. Lenka's fresh sensibility extends to every element of her music, as the whimsical, paper art, stoimated videos she creates.'It's a mood-enhancer,' she says of her record, 'I don't like it when people are depressed. I want to cheer them up.'
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • ASIN: B001CY2ELQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having a rotten day? Slip in this upbeat CD from Australian singer Lenka and get a little zing of pop music. This talented singer-songwriter has created a wonderful collection of hummable tunes -- there's really not a bad track on this album. I'm a middle-aged mom who usually sticks to show tunes, but this whimsical, thoughtful, cheerful album appeals to all my sing-along sensibilities. My teenage daughters love her, too.

I first heard of Lenka while watching last week's "Grey's Anatomy." Her addictive song "Trouble is a Friend" was played during the closing minutes of the show. I wrote down the name of the CD and ordered it immediately. I have been listening to it ever since. I just love the beat, I love the lyrics, I love the tunes. This is my kind of music. Can't wait to hear her next effort.
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I first heard of Lenka from the music video of the song "The Show." I thought that the song was decent and cute, but it didn't really grab me. Still, I decided to get this album.

After repeated listening over the past ten days, I can say that this is one really, truly great pop album. All eleven songs on this albums have nice melodies and are very enjoyable. I especially like "Trouble Is A Friend" and "We Will Not Grow Old."

In terms of sound, I think the mastering engineer (Ted Jensen) did a very good job. Lenka's voice is clear and lifelike. The CD is not too bright and has nice bottom ends.

If you are looking for songs with deep lyrics or complex construction, this album is probably not for you. However, if you enjoy pop music, you will hardly find a better album than this (if you do, please let me know). To me, this album is worth every penny (or cent). I would gladly pay ten times its price to buy it.
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I first saw / heard Lenka on Nocturnal State on VH1. I thought that the song was kind of catchy but Lenka was much too bubbly for my tastes. I than saw her live at south by southwest and had a brand new opinion of her.

On the Show Lenka comes off as young upbeat sugary youthful artist who was too cute for her own good. However after listening to her whole cd and watching her live she has much more of a range than I gave her credit for. Her music is indeed uplifting and poppy but it also uplifting and provides a warming sensation when listening to it. Lenka is definatly a grown up and should not be thought of as a young popstar which was my first impression of her.

If you are looking for a new artist you will not go wrong with giving Lenka a try.
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At first listen, the songs on Lenka's freshman album kind of blend together, with the exception of the hit single "The Show" and my personal favorite, "Don't Let Me Fall." However, after a second or third time, while each song retains a bit of the same lo-fi pop beat, you start to pick out certain songs that stand out from their message ("Anything I'm Not," "We Will Not Grow Old," and "Live Like You're Dying") or their melody and beat ("Trouble Is a Friend").

Lenka has a talent for writing lyrics that appear to be very simple but have a complex or more nuanced message, like how "Dangerous But Sweet" addresses the issue oversensitive people have in believing they are the only oversensitive being in the world, but that they are actually "an ordinary breed" that can also "shoot [their] own arrows" and hurt others with a lack of sensitivity.

All in all, Lenka's album is an easy listen, though her songs are a bit too similar in terms of the melody for me to give the highest accolades.
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Very snappy songs and "Trouble is a Friend" is my favorite due to her vocal notes she carries so well. Lenka is a treasure and I've heard "The Show" before as well as "Skipalong" and I don't know why I waited so long to get this CD. Will definitely get her other.
Very lovely and captivating voice and lyrics.
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The purchase of this cd has been a strange experience for me. As another reviewer wrote, she first heard Trouble Is A Friend on Grey's Anatomy, wrote it down and bought it. Same with me, so cheers to Grey's for adding such good music to their shows (as they have done from day one). So, my Lenka cd arrives and the first song made me realize I was in for something good. And I was....but I never seemed to make it to the end of the cd, either I had already arrived at work or timing was just off. So here I am tonight watching 90210 and there is another song with the quirkiness of Lenka or Lily Allen so I quick typed up the lyrics that were being sung.....low and behold. It's Lenka with We Will Not Grow Old. Even nicer is that it's on the cd I already have. So, I obviously need to listen to this cd from beginning to end because I sure was missing out. Though there are a few 'weaker' moments on the cd, hardly anything below 85%, but with The Show, Trouble Is A Friend and We Will Not Grow Old ranking in at 100%.....this makes for one helluva cd. Don't think twice, it's a good buy :-)
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I'd picked up hearings of "The Show" on the radio, and was impressed by her catchy upbeat lyrics and voice. After watching her video for the song, I was even more impressed with the creative force behind her music. I now almost feel guilty that I got this CD for $8.99. It's worth more than that. There are a few songs that are less spectacular than others, but overall, even the slower, less catchy tunes can be listened to repeatedly without getting irritated. You owe it to yourself to listen to "Trouble is a Friend" - by far, the best song on the album, but there are so many other gems here, like "Knock Knock", "Dangerous and Sweet", "Don't Let Me Fall", and of course, "The Show". Hopefully her second release will be just as refreshing and sweet.
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