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  • Summary: This CD collects tracks from the Swedish artist's most recent EPs and singles.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. [He] peppers his dour dedications with a deadpan, Morrissey-esque wit. [9 Dec 2005, p.89]
  2. The result is in some ways immensely pleasing (at its best the quality here is easily the equal of the songs from the proper album), but at seventeen songs and a full hour in length Oh You're So Silent Jens suffers a bit, predictably, from too much of a good thing.
  3. If you haven't heard Jens Lekman yet, you're missing out on one of the true pop geniuses of the early 2000s.
  4. At times, the album gets a little too sappy for its own good, but it's never enough to derail things.
  5. It’s promising indeed when an album that most artists would be happy to have as their pièce de résistance still shows plenty of room for growth.
  6. 70
    A surprisingly consistent listen, albeit one that's akin to gorging on Christmas cake. [Feb 2006, p.102]
  7. Slogging through the whole disc for the few shining moments just isn’t worth it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. AndrewM
    Jan 4, 2007
    10
    love it
  2. Gregg
    Jan 1, 2006
    10
    The most important songwriter/musician in years. Jens provides an amazing blend of 60s inspired pop with absolutely genious lyrics and The most important songwriter/musician in years. Jens provides an amazing blend of 60s inspired pop with absolutely genious lyrics and instantly memorable melodies. Horray for Jens! Expand
  3. VictorM
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    this is the best new album ive heard in a while. Lyrics are quirky, funny and thoughtful. If you listen to mainstream junk like Coldplay and this is the best new album ive heard in a while. Lyrics are quirky, funny and thoughtful. If you listen to mainstream junk like Coldplay and the like, run away. this will not be for you. Jens is quite genuine. its a shame more people cant enjoy him. Expand
  4. daxr
    Dec 12, 2005
    9
    this is really excellent. jens' voice is really great and the lyrics have a nice wit to them, but it's really just about the songs. this is really excellent. jens' voice is really great and the lyrics have a nice wit to them, but it's really just about the songs. he writes a great melody and then makes you feel it. Expand
  5. markm
    Jan 18, 2006
    9
    wonderful compilation of his early EP's and other songs/versions...
  6. jackf.
    Jan 2, 2006
    9
    wow.. I never heard of Jens Lekman until a few weeks ago...the echoes of Morrissey, Merritt and Murdoch are a little distracting at first, wow.. I never heard of Jens Lekman until a few weeks ago...the echoes of Morrissey, Merritt and Murdoch are a little distracting at first, but his voice is far better and the songs just as good ... Silent was the last disc I heard this year, and easilly the best....... Expand
  7. TonyS
    Feb 16, 2006
    1
    A lot of people are going to read good reviews of this guy and buy an album they will not like. It's pretty obnoxious when it isn't boring.

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