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Tracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang "Oh Jens, oh Jens / your songs seem to look through a different lens / you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun." A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when ... Read more in Amazon's Jens Lekman Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B000V6KDL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. And I Remember Every Kiss
2. Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
3. The Opposite Of Hallelujah
4. A Postcard To Nina
5. Into Eternity
6. I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You
7. If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This)
8. Your Arms Around Me
9. Shirin
10. It Was A Strange Time In My Life
11. Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig
12. Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've been listening to this album for a couple of months (usually while my wife is out of the room - in the interest of balance I have to add that she finds the album depressing and monotonous). There are some really wonderful, humourous and warm songs that manage to avoid sounding too twee or quirky. Like 'You're so silent...' the music complements the lyrics well. On the downside, the child singing during 'It was a strange time in my life' is very irritating, while 'Your arms around me' owes a heavy debt to R.E.M's 'Near wild heaven'. However, songs like 'the opposite of hallelujah' and 'Friday night at the drive in bingo' are original and uplifting, and seem to only get better each time I listen to them.
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Format: Audio CD
I discovered this amazing artist thanks to the film, Whip It, that has three of Lekman's songs in it.

Quirky, funny, odd, joyful, are all words that can describe this amazing album. So glad i discovered this little gem.

'Arms around you' is a gorgeous song, that swims around in your head days after you've heard it!
Also great is 'the opposite of hallelujah' and 'Friday night at the drive-in bingo', But my personal favourite is 'Shirin' about a favourite hairdresser! It really is an absolute peach and is like being wrapped up in a blanket of pure joy!

Do yourself a favour and give Jens a try. You won't regret it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Mcculloch on 29 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ridiculously addictive, this album is enchanting. A must for anyone who enjoys heart-warming music and witty lyrics.... Now go get it
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Keogh on 19 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
In a year characterised by the same old dross what a refreshing and uplifting
album. Jammed with witty lyrics and kitchen sink drama it is now evident that
Swedes have a superior grasp of English than any other nation. Enjoy the wit and wisdom of Jens.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Jens, My Little Swedish Meatball 17 Oct. 2007
By Brandon Whitfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jens Lekman has certainly created a unique persona in the indie world. Shy but smooth: a sensitive Swedish crooner awash in heavy, retro orchestral sampling that has made his newest record, "Night Falls Over Kortedala", a canny Lite FM-ish twinkie that manages to be both ironic and heartfelt. Yea, it's a sugary album. Although the songs occaisonally border on high camp, they never quite cross that uncomfortable line, proving Lekman to be a smart and qwerky maestro, capable of veering easily from tunefully expressing the lustful pangs of true love, debonair as he is, to the darker shadows of introspective longing. Lekman is a successor to Morrissey, in his witty and wounded lyrics, and his wavering falsetto voice. He is also perhaps THE quintessential opening act for a Belle and Sebastian show, but Lekman's fearless studio experiments and definite capabilities as a songwriter hint at something much more interesting and nouveau; his following will surely grow, but I'm hesitant just yet to declare his peak with this album. I think Lekman has a greater masterpiece in him, and I have no doubt we'll hear it soon enough.

Lekman has created a cohesive record that simply sounds great; the songs have excellent flow and smile-inducing production. Vocally, Lekman has never been stronger. But while his previous release, "Oh, You're So Silent Jens" was a bit of a mish-mash, more a casual compilation of songs than a legit album, I enjoyed it more. Stand-out singles worthy of continuous college radio play such as "Maple Leaves" and "I Met Her in an Anti-War Demonstration" and "Black Cab" I found more memorable than any particular track on "Kortedala"--and in that way I find his newest release to be a bit of a letdown, but certainly no disappointment. Just a mixed response. It's a strange reaction, I know, to an artist I truly admire. While I haven't stopped playing the CD, none of the songs have made it to my ipod playlist.

In any case, any one moment on this record is worth six on virtually anything else out there in the indie twee world. Lekman is certainly a singer to watch and savour, and I relish his climb up the Soul Searching Ladder to the Stars.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
so sad, so much in love 19 Oct. 2007
By Warrick Wynne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jens Leckman is so in love, with all kinds of people including the girl who cuts his hair, with a first kiss and with idyllic places in the country. He sings beautiful, soft, lush, sometimes funny songs about living and falling in and out of love. The funny thing is that his introspective self-analysis, couched in his deep calming voice, never seems self-indulgent. It's just life.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jens at His Best 1 Nov. 2007
By Marzipan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Melancholy sweetness. This cd is true bliss; if you like his other albums you'll love this. A must have for fans of The Smiths, Sufjan Stevens and Andrew Bird.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
quite the swedish ladies' man 10 Nov. 2007
By showurscars - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
for you ladies out there, this album has great songs to swoon over (including but not limited to "into eternity"). when i listen to this album on my way to the train station, i can't help but strut my stuff. it's got great dance beats that are fun and upbeat.

listening to jens lekman in the car or at home is nothing like listening and/or seeing him live. his voice is flawless live. there's also a lot of horns and violins in his music. it's very orchestral yet with witty lyrics that are also silly at the same time. his harmonic arrangements are amazing and grandeur. you really want to listen to the words, all his songs tell a story. most of them ridiculous and funny. hilarious, really. and during many of his songs, like "a postcard to nina" he tells you the background story. more than you get from the song. it reminded me a little bit of sondre lerche when we saw him back in 2004. he gabbed a lot between his songs and you wished he'd just shut up and play. not jens, his stories were so personal and such a treat to hear. it's amazing that he's only 25 too.
One of the best of 2007 2 Jan. 2008
By Sor_Fingers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jens Lekman's "Night Falls Over Kortedala" is absolutely amazing. I have to disagree with the only one star review posted here complaining about Jens' voice. His voice can only be aptly described as delicious. If velvet had a sound, it would be Jens Lekman. The ambience of this record is truly magical. The songs seem to communicate a sort of melancholy mood with an aftertaste of optimism. Songs like "The Opposite of Hallelujah," "Postcard From Nina" and "I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You" have a certain nostalgia about them and are dripping with irony. Though the music sounds somewhat corny, it really fits the lyrics perfectly. The music really recalls a previous time just like many of the lyrics do. The instrumentation is so colorful with syrupy strings, angelic ukuleles, sparkly glockenspiels and brilliant samples, especially the one that leads into the chorus on "Postcard From Nina." Lekman has produced an incredible work of art with "Night Falls Over Kortedala." This album is absolutely brilliant.
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