An Argument with Myself [EP]

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    The first three songs on this EP are strong, the fourth misty, the fifth sweet and slight, but all know melody and all fill out a portrait of a young man your daughter should only bring home to mother.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    He knows great stories can be found in even the smallest moment, and that is something worth cherishing.
  3. An Argument With Myself is nothing short of spectacular at any length, crowning Lekman as one of today's most fascinating and gifted musicians.
  4. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    It is utterly top shelf, almost reaching the dazzling heights of the songs found on his singles collection Oh You're So Silent Jens.
  5. 80
    It's a great mini-dose of Lekman charm that should be welcome to anyone that's been missing him these four years.
  6. Sep 22, 2011
    79
    Lekman's new An Argument with Myself EP is a compact gem.
  7. Sep 22, 2011
    75
    It's an incredibly twee trip around the world, and while the EP lacks anything as audacious as the widescreen bluster of "I Remember Every Kiss" (from 2007's Night Falls Over Kortedala), there's still a strain of gutsiness in the personalized "get well soon" card of "A Promise."
  8. Magnet
    Nov 21, 2011
    70
    His latest EP pushes his glossy pop inclinations even further; the five tracks are quick and sweet, gussied up with quirky instrumentation. [#82, p.57]
  9. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    An Argument with Myself seems like more of an attempt at an encapsulation of Lekman's talent--to use the smallest things as gateways into work more ponderous but still relatable, achingly pretty but still occasionally biting, adventurous but familiar--than a showcase of new directions.
  10. Sep 22, 2011
    70
    This five-song EP is a pleasantly jumbled affair that shows Lekman's lyrical facility continues to improve, while his stylistic palette continues to broaden
  11. Sep 22, 2011
    70
    Pretty much everything about Jens except the scale of his melodies is gentle and unassuming, and there is a quiet honesty here that is unique pleasure.
  12. Under The Radar
    Nov 9, 2011
    60
    Where previous releases used Lekman's idiosyncratic worldview to paint a universal picture of love and loss, here he just seems... cute. [Oct. 2011, p. 111]
  13. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    Entertaining castoffs, but not his best work by far.
  14. Sep 22, 2011
    60
    As a whole, this EP is not a disaster by any means, and as such it's perhaps an exaggeration to call it a disappointment. But for those familiar with a body of work that's to date shown an impressively high quality control there's cause for concern.
  15. Oct 7, 2011
    55
    These are just the outcast songs with edges too elusive to polish. And while you're unlikely to fall completely in love with them, it's comforting to know that Lekman felt similarly.
  16. Sep 23, 2011
    50
    As dedicated as he is to forming these characters into life-size beings, it doesn't change the fact that some are less interesting than others due to a lack of personification.
  17. Sep 22, 2011
    40
    Sadly, there aren't many moments on An Argument With Myself that register strongly.

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