Phantom Punch


Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Phantom Punch is a good album, but not a great one, and certainly not the Career Record that Duper Sessions almost was.
  2. While Lerche remains a promising young songwriter, Phantom Punch doesn't quite fulfill that promise.
  3. A masterpiece of edgy, pop-infused rock composed with intelligence.
  4. It lays down incontrovertible proof that Sondre Lerche can make a convincing and exciting straight-ahead modern rock record.
  5. Mostly what's missing is a dash of original thinking: without it, the album struggles to rise above the ordinary.
  6. Phantom Punch is a wobbly ride through tracks that, for the most part, hiss and snarl with the leather-jacket swagger of his garagey backing band while Lerche either nervously essays a pseudo-rock "growl" over top or reverts to his customary loungey warble, both of which sound equally absurd.
  7. Punch buries its best shots behind too much guitar and gratuitous arrangements.
  8. 86
    Lerche croons and swoons between styles like a prophet of postmodern pomp.
  9. With Phantom Punch Sondre Lerche finally makes good on the promise of his talent; he’s mastered and polished his intuitive gift for melody and arrangement and rightly applied it to his most natural musical inclinations.
  10. Phantom Punch may not pack the razzle-dazzle of Duper, but it just might help this gifted performer cement his rep for smartly crafted alt-pop.
  11. Unlike previous efforts at stylistic hop-scotch, "Phantom Punch" is Lerche's most comfortable album since "Faces Down."
  12. It hits hard without sacrificing any of Lerche's classic pop appeal.
  13. On its own merits, Phantom Punch is an assured, absurdly tuneful record, and one of the best of the year thus far.
  14. For all the progress the record represents, Punch is a schizophrenic release.
  15. Phantom Punch's palette contains dollops of everyone from The Clash to The Sea And Cake to name-your-favorite-shoegaze-band, but most of all, the album's freewheeling energy brings to mind Supergrass' finest moments.
  16. Under The Radar
    Lerche has turned himself more rock than indie. [#16, p.93]
  17. Urb
    This time the focus is on tight songwriting, sudden chagnes and an edgy velocity that's never too dense. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.79]
  18. Alternative Press
    The most sophistcated punk-pop you'll ever hear. [Mar 2007, p.136]
  19. Thoroughly enjoyable though it is, Phantom Punchalso feels a little lightweight.
  20. Spin
    Though the hooks and melodies are spread a little thin... Lerche still has a convincing charm in his lighter, acoustic moments. [Feb 2007, p.84]
  21. Paste Magazine
    His grittiest, least-ethereal long-player to date. [Feb 2007, p.58]
  22. Magnet
    Sounds like somebody has exited the coffeehouse with a strong jolt of caffeine. [#74, p.101]
  23. Billboard
    Lerche seems headed in a promising musical direction, but not all the songs here pack the expected punch. [10 Feb 2007]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. RafaelZ
    May 13, 2007
    inustice. this singer rox a lot. cheers!
  2. AnnaL
    Mar 18, 2007
    Admittedly, the songs are much, much better when you are hearing them live, but Sondre Lerche can sing his Norwegian arse off. I would very Admittedly, the songs are much, much better when you are hearing them live, but Sondre Lerche can sing his Norwegian arse off. I would very highly recommend this album. Full Review »
  3. FábioP
    Feb 19, 2007
    Great CD, but less than his predecessor: Duper Sessions