Phantom Punch - Sondre Lerche
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  • Summary: After a diversion into jazz-pop (2006's 'Duper Sessions'), the Norwegian artist returns with a more muscular rock album produced by Tony Hoffer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. 90
    This time the focus is on tight songwriting, sudden chagnes and an edgy velocity that's never too dense. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.79]
  3. 86
    Lerche croons and swoons between styles like a prophet of postmodern pomp.
  4. The most sophistcated punk-pop you'll ever hear. [Mar 2007, p.136]
  5. While Lerche remains a promising young songwriter, Phantom Punch doesn't quite fulfill that promise.
  6. Thoroughly enjoyable though it is, Phantom Punchalso feels a little lightweight.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8