Jens Lekman

Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian)

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Jens Lekman

Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian)

If 2005's Oh You're So Silent Jens sounded confused, Jens Lekman would like you to know he's grown as a person. Cue orchestral, late-Sixties Scott Walker opener "And I Remember Every Kiss," and listen to him croon, the Swede's rich verse about becoming a soldier ("You get a gun, and you name it after a girlfriend") delivered flat yet honest, like obvious hero Jonathan Richman. On his third LP, Lekman adds the banalities of his neighborhood, Kortedala, to more arranged sounds, hinging on a story-within-a-story: A kitchen accident with a knife turns into a disco love song ("Your Arms Around Me"); he pretends to be a gay friend's boyfriend to fool her father ("A Postcard to Nina"), as boppy horns and doo-waps punctuate the slapstick ("Hey, you, stop kicking my legs. I'm doing my best; can you pass the figs?"). He's still a little corny in parts, but it's outweighed by the genuinely sincere. (Jens Lekman courts the Parish Nov. 14.)


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