Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian)
09 Oct 2007
"he's a saviour - more than rufus, more than beirut and more than any solo male "intelligent pop music" that your indie store clerk will be ramming down your throat. this man is the best. the best...; release - '07
I'm the worlds worst with deadlines... Seriously, all my reviews are late. But occasionally an album is so mind meltingly brilliant you feel compelled to climb a mountain and shriek to the world. I've listened to this album once. Hell, it's still on, I've not even reached the end yet. But honestly, hand on heart it has made my life bearable once again, and you have to hear it.
Jens Lekman, my new man crush, storms into my life with lines like "I was slicing up an avocado, when you came up behind me..." on the stunning Walker Brothers via vintage Take That ode 'You Put Your Arms Around Me'. Hang on. I'm crying. Elated tears that make me feel alive and in love with the idea of the endless possibilities of life and love. I can't remember the last time a record made me feel this way.
Really - this does everything that perfect pop should.
A refreshing take on the cliché of love songs - simply reminding in a honest, unpretentious, effortless manner how the spiritual crashes through the everyday, transcending you into an entirely different spiritual world.
The song titles alone, 'I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You' and 'If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This)' and the gauche cover of our good Lord trimming Jens' hair from the heavens hint at an egocentric, too-clever for his own good asshole, (although strangely enough, that appeals to me...), but the second you hear the fantastic deadpan earnestness of Lekman's delivery you realise that he's just being honest and beautiful and poetic and everything that's good, important and worthwhile in art.
He's a saviour - more than Rufus, more than Beirut and more than any solo male "intelligent pop music" that your indie store clerk will be ramming down your throat.
This man is the best.
Download an MP3 of 'The Opposite of Hallelujah' via Secretly Canadian HERE.