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  • Summary: The Swedish singer's second studio album features guest singers Frida Hyvonen and El Perro del Mar.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Pop is rarely as genuinely affecting, joyful or good as this.
  2. Lekman perfectly funnels his signature sound of gentle string and horn melodies, audaciously appropriate sampling, and often corny balladry into a well-oiled, 12-song machine.
  3. Each song unfolds so effortlessly one imagines it springing forth, fully formed, with the same exaggerated inevitability of a cartoon bubble sprouting above his head. [Fall 2007, p.74]
  4. The Swedish indie-pop singer shows a remarkably keen eye for detail, finding surprising moments of sweetness, poignancy, and humor in a variety of situations.
  5. It’s pretty hard to turn down, just as his collection of self-referencing, string heavy ballads "You‘re So Silent Jens" was.
  6. This is a pretty great album, filler and all.
  7. His knowing delivery is laboured and the relentless schmaltz proves difficult to stomach over a whole album. [Nov 2007, p.141]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. smithsgirl
    Oct 30, 2007
    A stunning album, from start to finish. Lekman is a craftsman of wry, affecting and humourous lyrics. All wrapped up in sparkling, bright and memorable tunes. Not a duff track; Postcard to Nina, The Opposite of Hallelujah, Shirin, and Sipping on the Sweet Nectar are standout tracks. My hottest contender for best album of 2007. And unlikely to be eclipsed. Don't be put off by the 'twee' ,'camp' 'pretentious' labels. I believe it's called postmodern irony... Expand
  2. Drew
    Oct 17, 2007
    Great stuff!!! It's like rollerskating through the best memories you never had. It's so rich and beautiful that the melancholy running through it is given an amber glow. Somehow this Swede pulls this off, with it all seeming lighter than air! The vocals remind me of the Magnetic Fields, in a very good way. Expand
  3. BlairS
    Oct 21, 2007
    One of the best albums of the year! His best of his three LP releases. Brilliant work, from one of the most brilliant lyricists and entertainers out there today. Absolutely stunning. Expand
  4. JeffS.
    Oct 18, 2007
    Lovely lovely lovely and very funny. Jen Lekman has an original voice, and a tender heart behind the wackiness. I can't get enough of this album. Expand
  5. DavidF.
    Oct 26, 2007
    For me, album of the year. I'm staggered by the beauty, charm, and humor in these twelve songs.
  6. emilyw.
    Oct 26, 2007
    It's amazing how Q magazine can be okay with shit (read: schmaltz) like the new Kaiser Chiefs or Travis albums but they can't "stomach" something with legitimately good hooks and knowing, tongue-in-cheek cheesy lyrics. Lekman is a pop genius and this album is his best yet. Reviews by the Guardian or the normally overly snobbish Pitchfork or Tiny Mix Tapes are the people to listen to on this one. Don't miss this great album. It is even better than other amazing releases of '07 including Radiohead, The National and The Arcade Fire. Expand
  7. ElliottM
    Oct 16, 2007
    Not for me. The melodies are often quite nice, but the lyrics are horribly schmaltzy. I could only take so much.

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