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Australian actress and children's TV presenter- turned-singer-songwriter Lenka has written an album which is a canny hybrid of Regina Spektor and Kate Nash. Trading on her reputation with the kids, Lenka's singing persona is child-like and naive, accompanied by animated videos and adverts for craft workshops on her MySpace page. And this tweeness carries through to the music itself.
Opening track The Show features very simple chopsticks style piano opening out into a showtime celebration of catchiness, complete with trombones and choir. It's become the most played song in Vietnam this year and featured on numerous commercials and TV shows. It's easy to see its universal innocent appeal.
The more sassy Bring Me Down is introduced by a choir of Lenkas and features a badly whistled interlude, not unlike Noah and the Whale's In Five Years Time.
The album's lyrics concentrate on Lenka being a bemused young lady in today's fast moving world. But don't expect any great revelations. Just references to the, ''big bad world'', ''the sun is hot in the sky'' and such profundities as ''I will never be you, I will always be me'' or ''You turn my frown upside down''.
Overall the instrumentation and arrangement is lovely, sympathetic and subtle, like the pizzicato undercurrent on Don't Let me Fall, and the spacious Trouble is a Friend. Unfortunately there are also many 'oom-chah' piano parts that ground the songs in cliché, such as the awful Anything I'm Not.
But all's not lost. The moment which lifts Lenka up from being a cute girly singer to an actual artist comes with Like A Song. So beautiful, this is the kind of song that slows down the listener's breathing; it's drumless and expansive. There's an expectant stillness, with vibes, synthetic strings and oboe that wrap around her voice, singing a French-styled melody. This shows what is possible when she drops the rock drummer and obvious, repeated piano.
Lenka is certainly not short on radio friendliness. Listening to the entire album may be rather like eating a pound of lemon bonbons in one sitting, yet there's plenty of promise beyond the sweetness. --Lucy Davies
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Lenka is 30+ but sounds 10-15 years younger. Her songs belie a very innocent outlook on life and the simple rhymes and melodies give you a feeling that life is wonderful, mysterious and sometimes sad; much like a child's view.
Lenka's voice is lovely and has inklings of Diana Vickers in it. Being from Australia she also has some lovely pronunciations of words - refreshingly un-American!
"The Show" is very unique on the album - one of the most upbeat. At first I was disappointed that the other songs were not all in the same positive vein but after just a few listens I found the other songs growing on me and some of the other's are now my favourites.
With her simple lyrics and lovely voice, Lenka gets into your head and makes you a happier person.
Bought this solely on the basis of The Show, which i'd heard in an advert being played in the forecourt of a cinema in New York at christmas. Every time I missed being able to use Shazam so didn't know who it was. Googling part of the lyrics later didn't come up with anything. Eventually a couple of months ago, a colleague was playing it over internet radio and I finally tracked it down.
Light, bubbly, fun and airy..
Bring Me Down and Anything I'm Not are good tracks also.
I managed to get a bit of a heads up from my son's fiance' and thus the purchase was made.
Very nice it is too. Not unlike say Kate Nash or Fiest.
Can recommend it.