Sondre Lerche - Sondre Lerche
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 91
    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
    83
    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
    80
    Offering a slightly subtler take on the style-shuffling of 2009′s Heartbeat Radio, Lerche somehow never loses cohesion.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    His songwriting style is pitched somewhere between Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach and early Roddy Frame, displaying a knack for heart-tugging chord changes and delicately deployed Brazilian rhythms. [Nov 2011, p.91]
  5. Jun 6, 2011
    80
    The combination of intelligent and punchy songs, the sympathetic production, and Lerche's winning vocals make this a strong follow-up to Heartbeat Radio and further proof that Lerche doesn't need to mess around trying different things to keep people interested.
  6. Jun 6, 2011
    70
    It may not be the most exciting or innovative record, but Sondre Lerche emphasizes all of the artist's strengths, making it far and away his most mature album to date.
  7. Jun 6, 2011
    70
    Clearly, Lerche has not lost his power of introspection, nor has he given up his love for sonic exploration-it's all just been a bit smoothed over.
  8. Aug 29, 2011
    60
    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.
  9. Aug 8, 2011
    60
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. Jun 29, 2011
    60
    Now a dependably intriguing wordsmith, he still shows no shortage of unusually intelligent quirks.
  12. 60
    All in all, the album feels like the slightest bit bloodless, the older, wiser Lerche a little less than the yearning teenager we once knew.
  13. Jun 6, 2011
    60
    In the end, the comfort if a Sondre Lerche album is what also makes it forgettable. [May 2011, p.79
  14. Jun 8, 2011
    58
    This eponymous release is as flavorless as its moniker-in spite of the notable piano, string, and accordion flourishes, the rest of the mostly subdued bunch isn't all that memorable, with the possible exception of the closer, "When The River," which gets its laid-back groove on and ends up making a pretty impressive showing with dramatic synths, echo-y vocals, and jangly guitar.
  15. Jun 6, 2011
    58
    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
    10
    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. Full Review »