Duper Sessions - Sondre Lerche
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  • Summary: The Norwegian artist (backed here by The Faces Down Quartet) remakes himself as a cabaret singer, with a disc full of jazz-pop tunes including a cover of the standard "Night and Day."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. In the end, it is musicianship that makes Duper Sessions unquestionably successful.
  2. The album is imminently listenable, providing a brisk background as easily as it rewards a close listen.
  3. The album's success hinges precisely on that nebulous concept called "getting it right," and all parties involved certainly do. [#13, p.86]
  4. His soft Ben Gibbard geekiness is an odd, if timely, fit for the swinging material, and flourishes of Jeff Buckley throat rattles don't help.
  5. 60
    Lerche originals... aren't starry-eyed vintage exercises. They're just swell new tunes. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  6. 25
    He tries hepcat jazz-piano bop and balladry with pitiful results. [May 2006, p.91]

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Score distribution:
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  1. KeeganD
    Apr 4, 2006
    9
    I'm absolutely confused by the critic's reaction to this record. I feel like it is the most promising release of the year thus far. It is beautiful, amazingly crafted and covers all the bases. It represents a sound appreciated too little currently and represents an era of songwriting that is sorely missed among the "pitchfork" crowd. Expand
  2. matta
    Mar 30, 2006
    9
    Couldn't disagree more with the critics on this one. First of all, most of these critics are judging this album in comparison to lerche's past records, which just isn't fair. This album is my first exposure to Lerche and I am glad because my opinion of this album isn't poisoned by any expectations, I can just enjoy it for what is is -- great jazz songs. Don't believe the critics: this is great stuff. Expand
  3. guz
    Apr 3, 2006
    9
    I love this album! This guy has so much talent and a great voice. Critics are clearly wrong on this one.
  4. gooseg
    Apr 3, 2006
    8
    Poor your biggest wine glass with some expensive pinot, light a cuban and be impressed by this sweet retro sound!
  5. Chelsea
    May 31, 2006
    8
    I must agree with everyone else; the critics are dead wrong on this album. Lerche isn't posing, he's exploring a type of music that has been virtually forgotten. Try and seperate the tunes he penned from the classics on this record, it's not easy. I enjoy every type of music from Blossom Dearie to the Sonics to Clap Your Hands... This album is being overlooked. Lerche's next album (Phantom Punch) sounds even more promising based on the few songs I've heard from it - another good look back to the days of Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. Simple, classic songwriting never goes out of style. Expand