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Night Falls Over Kortedala

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And I Remember Every Kiss
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Sipping On the Sweet Nectar
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The Opposite of Hallelujah
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A Postcard to Nina
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Into Eternity
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I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You
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If I Could Cry (it would feel like this)
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Your Arms Around Me
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Shirin
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It Was a Strange Time in My Life
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Kanske Ar Jag Kar i Dig
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Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 50:31

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04.22.11
Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala
Label: Secretly Canadian / SC Dist.

You've got to love anyone who comes up with a song title like "I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You." Jens Lekman's intelligent, witty lyrics have drawn comparisons to everyone from Jonathan Richman to Morrissey, and while his predilection for needlessly complex musical tangents may put off some people, the Swedish singer-songwriter concocts an infectious mix of orchestral indie-pop.

If you can get over the occasionally quirky arrangements — the otherwise gorgeous "Into Eternity" flits… read more »

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Real Surprise

mpgoroff26

I had never heard of Jens Lekman until e-music recommended this album. Boy what a surprise. Absolute joy of an album, imagine if Stephen Merritt and Morrissey decided to tackle the song book of Burt Bacharach. Check out A Postcard to Nina and if you like it, download the whole album. Not a bad song in the bunch

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not bad

BelgianPeter

there are some great songs here, but the quality is uneven. Like the voice. A rare instance of an composer-singer who is truly funny--although that takes you only so far once you have heard the song a couple of times.

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Good Lord I love The Wrens.....

BlocHead

I know all of you are sitting around wondering "when will my ol' pal Blochead annouce THE official best album of the decade"? I know, I know, it's a ton of pressure and I didn't want to act hastily. 'Nuf said, Jens is the big winner. ALBUM O' THE DECADE

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I wish I could give more than 5 stars.

EMUSIC-00CBB53C

I love, love, love Jens Lekman. I was introduced to him when he came on stage to sing a song with New Buffalo, and his voice got inside me. Just on that basis, I went out and got this album, and it was no time at all before I had all of his albums. In addition to a lovely voice, Jens has the sweetest, funniest lyrics you could hope for. The fact that English isn't his native language makes them all the more remarkable.

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Quite the find.

EMUSIC-00CFE3DA

J. L.'s lyrics have this way of seeping into one's head and repeating themselves. Many a mundane moment has been avoided b/c of Mr. Lekman.

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indie pop at its best

musicbackpacker

Plain old wit and plain old pop we all wish there was more around.

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Hahaha, huh?

JHall

You've got to me kidding me. I had no idea that so much pleasure could be derived from the silliest songs delivered with possibly artificial pathos. I will always laugh about slicing up avocados and oddly pronounced phrases about hermit crabs. Some tracks are just too much, but it is the celebration and enjoyment of the best that make this a unique treasure.

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Novel sound

paultaylor_2009

An interesting listen. Fun lyrics and a novel vocal-tone quality that will keep you on your toes.

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lushly heaven

Sonics

Jonathan Wingate describes this album succinctly. Lekman writes songs worthy of Stephen Merritt, but has a smoother voice with more range. Lekman's lyrics have an effortless quality. An album were you can lose yourself in the beauty and lush production--strings, horn melodies, and peppered with percussion to dance to.

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erm - missing something

gocam

this seems very much like Belle and Sebastian-light, or a Neil Hannon impersonator - given the almost universally positive reviews I must be missing something. It's all very pleasant though.

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They Say All Music Guide

Nothing on Jens Lekman’s second album does anything to change the fact that he’s a true pop music genius. Night Falls Over Kortadela is witty, pretty, silly, and wise; and filled with instantly memorable melodies, thrilling moments of surprise in the arrangements, and laugh-out-loud lyrics. As always, he draws from a wide range of musical influences, mixing in deft samples from sources as varied as Renaldo & the Loaf and fellow Swedes the Tough Alliance, and always sounding like a guy who is head over heels in love with music. This love translates into the joyous atmosphere that spills over the record like candy from a piñata as he leaps from disco-fied love songs (the blissful “Sipping on the Sweet Nectar”) to doo wop-meets-hip-hop ballads (“Kanske Är Jag Kär I Dig”), from orchestral declarations of devotion (“And I Remember Every Kiss,” with orchestra on loan from Enoch Light) to delightfully ramshackle rockers (“Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo”). Lekman mixes and matches sounds and genres like the world’s most adept DJ, coming up with practically his own style in the process. It’s hard to think of another artist who so gracefully blends the acoustic with the electric, the real with the fake. Lyrically Lekman sticks mostly to love, finding it, losing it, sacrificing for it (his story of being his friend’s boyfriend to fool her father on “A Postcard to Nina” provides the album’s lyrical highlights), but most of all believing in it wholeheartedly. He also shows his talent for capturing the small moments of life — whether it’s cutting the tip of your finger off while slicing avocados (“Your Arms Around Me”) or worrying about your little sister (“The Opposite of Hallelujah”) — hasn’t dimmed at all. Jens Lekman is a craftsman, a showman, and a magician all wrapped up into one tuneful bundle of joy, and Night Falls Over Kortadela is his best album. It’ll have you walking in the clouds before the first song is half over and have you filled with happiness for days afterward. What more could you ask for? – Tim Sendra

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