Have You Heard The New…Jens Lekman Album?
This is my new favourite album. I was into Jens Lekman‘s older stuff too, but felt his albums were always a bit long and inconsistent, though when good – very good. But now he’s really put together a solid, concise, and purposeful album of solid, sugary, romantic Swedish pop.
In terms of how the actual songs relate to his previous work, they’re not much different – wonderful arrangements, clever, detailed lyrics, hooks galore, etc. Lekman’s always been a truly delightful songwriter, and, without a doubt, this new batch of songs continues to display his knack for storytelling and (often very funny) observation. The last couple songs on the album are the best and “I Know What Love Isn’t” in particular has some phenomenal lines like, “Hey do you wanna go see a band?/No, I hate bands/It’s always packed with men spooning their girlfriends and clutching their hands/As if they’d let go, their feet would lift from the ground and ascend.” So true.
But as I said before, this album stands apart because of its consistency and construction – its even got a little instrumental prelude foreshadowing the melody of the closer, the blatantly Simon & Garfunkle-esque “Every Hair Knows Your Name”. The theme is love or lost love or something but that’s kind of the deal with all of Lekman’s stuff, so I don’t really know if he gets any points for that. But considering the ten great tracks we get, I don’t think Lekman needs to earn any more points.