Jens Lekman’s excellent current CD, Night Falls Over Kortedala, although not a failure – his words !! – is certainly a little overwrought. His previous two CD’s:
1) “When I said I Wanted To Be Your Dog” (2004), and 2) Oh you’re so silent Jens (2005) – both contain the key elements of his magic – but with more, air.
‘Tram #7 to heaven’, the first song on the DOG CD is so unhinged and epic – that it is a contender for Best Song of the DECADE.
The “girl songs” – ‘Silvia’ and ‘Julie’ – are also great testaments to this troubadour’s talents as a lover, and a songsmith.
On the silent Jens CD, the two versions of ‘Maple Leaves’, the sad/funny ‘Sky Phenomenon’ and the incredible ‘Black Cab’ are obvious gems – while other treats await you in the darker corners of this musical landscape.
There are some speedbumps, but once past them – it’s smooth sailing into ecstasy.
My thanks to Secretly Canadian for living up to what an “Independent Label” is all about.
CHECK OUT: Simon’s first post on – Night Falls Over Kortedala !!
(don’t miss the PAUL SIMON/CHEVY CHASE – ‘You Can Call Me, Al’ – link !!)
JENS LEKMAN, “When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog” – copyright 2004
JENS LEKMAN & SECRETLY CANADIAN
Written, performed and recorded by Jens Lekman
Mastered by Jacob Stalhammar
Design by Rasmus Hagg
above illustrations: 1-2
JENS LEKMAN, Oh you’re so silent Jens – copyright 2005 – JENS LEKMAN & SECRETLY CANADIAN
Written, produced, performed and recorded by Jens Lekman
Mastering by Jacob Stalhammar
Artwork & Design by Rasmus Hagg
above illustrations 3-5
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