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Australian singer Lenka is no starry-eyed ingénue. So what if her cutie-pie vocals stir up images of Kewpie dolls and bunny rabbits? Her voice may be sweet, but underneath the adorable exterior it seems that Lenka is more than a little familiar with life's bitterness: with disappointments, with loneliness. But instead of crying about it, she's figuring out a way to combat misery: with optimism so irrepressible it's like she's flipping sadness the bird. Her self-titled debut is a virtual parade of exuberantly hooky pop songs engineered to help her brush off — if not quite eradicate — those pesky undercurrents of sorrow. She lays out her masterplan in the breezily buoyant song "Skipalong": "Keep smiling knowing all the while/the world will fall apart." The lyrics are sad, but they're delivered with a happy-go-lucky shrug instead of a whimper.
The piece de resistance of Lenka is "The Show," a neon-yellow upper of a song that begins sedately with a softly tinkling piano and Lenka quietly confessing that "I'm just a little bit caught in the middle/life is a maze and love is a riddle." But then the song builds into a lavish production number that evokes the theatricality of an old… read more »