• Record Label: Mona
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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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. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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.
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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. Full Review »