This is an old article of mine, originally written in 9th September 2008
I have said it once and I will say it again, Jens Lekman is a true pop music genius and his last album “Night Falls over Kortedala” proven just that.
In this album, consisting recording collection ranging from 2004 - 2007, Lekman has shown a remarkable talent mixing and made fusion of many musical elements into each track from acoustics, electric, strings, and opera.
The same can be same for Lekman’s lyrics as well, witty, funny, sarcastic and sometimes sounded bitchy-funny like your drag queen hairdresser. From story of getting your finger cut while slicing avocado (Your Arm’s Around Me), pretending to be a boyfriend for a lesbian (Letter to Nina), heavenly touches from an immigrant hairdresser (Shirin), of an unforgettable first kiss (And I Remember Every Kiss), and of regretting a first kiss (Sipping on the Sweet Nectar). All are beautifully serenaded and told by Lekman, sounding like a romantic bard who is very much in love with his music.
As for what made the arrangements beautiful are such like the first track of the album “And I Remember Every Kiss” is my favorite grandeur opening, filled with majestic strings, and opera nuances. Followed with a retro candy pop “Sipping on the Sweet Nectar”. Not to be missed also beautiful strums of what I think is harp, strings of violin and viola in “Your Arms Around Me” and mixes of acoustic, harp (again) and light touches of electronic mixes just to name a few.
Jens Lekman has truly shown that he is a brilliant artist, a craftsman, a witty poet abundant with talent. My audio experience listening to this album akin to the warm pleasant sensation of a hot cup of toffee nut latte on a cold windy afternoon, it will leave you with a good feeling for many days afterward, and so much more than you can bargain for.
Score: 4 out of 4