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Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't

Released: 03/09/2012 Secretly Canadian
Since his last album five years ago, the Swedish troubadour has fallen out of love. His lyrics are still full of endearing witticisms - Lekman sings about his 'sham marriage' with brilliant emotional detachment - while the production is reportedly more stripped back than his trademark, string-laden sound. For more information visit: www.jenslekman.com/ Buy: http://www.scdistribution.com/music-shop.html?class=artist&artist=jens%20lekman Watch:
77 %
Pitchfork“One of the most distinct and observant writers in indie rock today...” The hardest Jens Lekman record to love-- or at least feel instantly infatuated with. His earlier songs specialized in big, bombastic choruses and memorable hooks-- the kind of writ-large tricks that leave you swooning on first listen...
 
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60%
The Independent“A wonderful, idiosyncratic storyteller...” This break-up album follow-up is a chastened affair: instrumentally pared-back, vocally wan and full of unremarkable Brill-Building-meets-Belle-and-Sebastian ditties...
 
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90%
allmusic“Sounds like the result of a single focused recording session...” Lekman at his finest, transmitting real emotion and humor in songs that are impossible to stop humming for days. It's hard to deny the brilliance of his melodies and the power of his words...
 
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90%
The Line of Best Fit“A dry-but-emotional dynamic drives the record...” Succeeds in being the first truly cohesive body of work that the Swede has produced; an achievement tied together both thematically and musically in a way that’s stronger than anything he’s managed before...
 
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60%
Guardian“Nothing quite matches Erica America...” The fashionably tinny production and unending roster of failed romances and pretty girls' names start to sound weirdly flippant. He says he set out to explore love's grey areas, but he's rather too stylised to get to the heart of the matter...
 
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80 %
Drowned In Sound“His most focussed album to date...” Fans of Jens Lekman’s more bombastic tendencies may initially feel thrown by the newfound musical economy, but for a pop collagist like Jens Lekman it was always the force of personality that held it altogether...
 
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