Sondre Lerche

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  • Summary: The Norwegian songwriter's self-titled sixth album features collaborations with Midlake percussionist McKenzie Smith and experiments with multiple genres, including jazz and bossa nova.
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Nov 4, 2011
    Lerche is fast becoming indie rock's Burt Bacharach with his clever, unobtrusive lyrics and artful melding of jazzy folk with punchy power pop. [17 Jun 2011]
  2. Jun 7, 2011
    No clutter, no retracing of steps, just 10 strong tunes that contrast but live together comfortably. In terms of the total package, it's right up there with Lerche's best work.
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    Offering a slightly subtler take on the style-shuffling of 2009′s Heartbeat Radio, Lerche somehow never loses cohesion.
  4. 60
    Lerche's pretty falsetto around an unexpectedly funky beat before blossoming into a harmonious choral chant that evokes the kind of hard-won joy depicted at the end of movies, where people with tear-stained but smiling faces sway back and forth with their arms around each other.
  5. Aug 29, 2011
    For new fans, this is a pretty good introduction. For fans who already own all his previous work, it's more of the same, but so well-crafted that they probably won't mind.
  6. Aug 8, 2011
    He's proved over six albums that he's adept at writing a tune that's catchy without being superficial. He spends a little too much time here doing that, which is why Sondre Lerche, while not a bad record, plays like a safe one.
  7. Jun 6, 2011
    For all the mission-statement confidence that its title exudes, Sondre Lerche sounds strangely divided: It's too pristine and too scattershot.

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  1. Sep 10, 2014
    Ever since Norwegian wunderkind Sondre Lerche dipped his foot on the US shores to test his genius here in the land of the generic andEver since Norwegian wunderkind Sondre Lerche dipped his foot on the US shores to test his genius here in the land of the generic and commercial, he's been outdoing himself, acquitting himself more than honorably, despite a tenuous early grasp of the English language. He certainly made his mark with his instant classic Heartbeat Radio, the lyrics of which indeed are the most brilliant things to have made their way into popular music since the words of James Mercer or Colin Meloy or even David Bowie. This, his self-titled album following this masterpiece, is another piece of heaven come to earth to grace those few who would deign give it a listen. Here, though, Lerche eschews his characteristic assiduousness with melody and hooks for a whirring and trip-skipping sound that is stunningly modern and refreshingly unique, generally waiting til the last moments of the song for any welcome bombasts. In short, another success for this Norsk protégé of enormous potential and talent. Expand